I gotta be honest, that is one ugly huge comb in the top picture, It could be the way he is moving his head. Nice crest though in second picture.. What you are doing is good. I have done the same and have some 1/2 and 1/4 CLB and EEs. I get the great blue on larger eggs.
I have found the lighter roosters that do not get the duck wings do not have the best barring, some of it is indistinct and tends to not be "crisp". I would have never thought this important until last week when I went to a show/swap and brought a trio of CLB's to sell. they were about 4 months old. I took a rooster without the duck wings that looked a lot like rottlady's. The Judge and I were talking and he said whatever the proposed SOP's end up being, the barring will have to be "crisp" . He pointed out the areas on mine that were not as crisp as they should have been. When I got home and surveyed my own birds, I found the ones with the duck wings had the sharper barring.
I know we talked a little about show versus production or home flock birds. but once again it appears the SOP's are picking traits that work against each other and may not be that important over all.
Next question, for those of you hatching CLB chicks, are you finding the CLB's to be weaker than other breeds? I am a licensed NPIP hatchery, I hatch several breeds. I will not sell a weak bird, so I end up keeping the CLBs until they are older and selling them as started birds instead of chicks more often than the other breeds. Does anyone else find them weaker and more prone to failure to thrive than their other breeds?
Maybe I only notice this because I hatch so many birds and so many CLB's. Or maybe it is because my CLB's are the highest priced birds I sell that I notice it. I have been hatching 75-100 chicks a week since January and half are CLB.s.