Strangely also - there could be a bit of interpretation divergence on thinking that the CL must appear monochromatic to be 'correct' IMO.
Just to add -- if you go to the Club's Website, and check out the Breed Guide (navigation bar - second item from the bottom - right above site map)--- Club member Lou Austin made a list of the required and allowable colors on a CL. Strangely the WHITE is - 'some white permitted' in the SOP -- just like 'some chestnut permitted' -- and you would think from the perspective of some -- that white is required, AND...as fearful of some chestnut as those folks ARE they embrace the white that, as I recall is phrased identically - ( i.e.some permitted). correct me if I am wrong. That is certainly my view.
It remains my very strong hope that enough of us will keep CLs that heark back to the Applegarth look that we will have enough genetics to keep our chosen approach strong and healthy long long into the future.
Hi ChicKat, popping into this discussion -
What I am seeing with hens and roosters that I identify as cream, is that the cream hackle and saddle feathers are in fact a cream color as compared to the white barring in the wings and tail feathers of the males; when I read "some white permitted" I think that may reference the white streaks that can appear in the tail feathers of the males, and possibly the white at the base of those tail feathers. In contrast, the cream that I am seeing is not the same color that I see on the patch work quilt colors of a gold or split for gold rooster, or the gold hackles of females, which also have a liberal application of gold dust across their body feathers.
The cream offspring have been auto-sexing, blue egg layers, with crests, tail barring and nice wide feathers, so I'm happy with what I have to work with. I appreciate the work others put into their breeding stock because we can only pick up where someone else left off.