Thank you for that. I just didn't understand if the "double cream" was a really rare or hard to get thing or not lol.
I have about 15-20 males growing out now. They're only about 6 weeks old. Some are pure Reese line, some mixed with Reese, and this "double cream" guy. I have him marked to see how he turns out anyway. I'll be asking advice in here later as they get bigger for who to keep and who not to. I plan to keep 2.
Actually, it was a couple of years before I felt like I was seeing "double cream", so it did seem rare.
I had a lot of birds which seemed to be gold, but were split for cream (heterozygous for cream).
Once I was able to see hens and roosters homozygous for cream, it was easier to go back and compare the rest of the flock for color.
Some hens were double for cream, but so heavily melanized it was difficult to decide until I could see what cream is supposed to look like.
The roosters have a few other colors/patterns that influence the final product, and it was frustrating to wonder is this part cream, or is that part cream?
In the meantime, I've come to understand where cream should be, and that "cream" can look very creamy, as the dairy product in a pitcher, or it can look more buttery, like a soft scoop of butter.
My first CL rooster was a fortunate whim. The breeder decided he was "too colorful", so I took him, even though neither one of us knew how to quantify that. I was frustrated for awhile because all I wanted were cream offspring. Now, 4 years later, I can see his positive traits even though he is heterozygous for cream (looks gold, is split for cream).
I have a few breeding lines. Last fall, a new pairing of a double cream rooster to a hen split for cream, produced 3 cream males and one male split for cream (not one female...). They all have positive traits and I will do some test matings with them, but by far the best overall body type and very nice barring is, you guessed it, the cockerel that is split for cream. From a color standpoint, it feels like a waste to put him with my favorite pullets, but I should see atleast 50% cream offspring, and that is worth it for what I hope will be excellent body type. Well, there's always another generation to work on...=)