I think if we didn't have it we'd be generations behind on our quest for color, or less of it. I like both gold and cream birds, but I have 6 JR line chicks upstairs right now. In the incubator I have more straight Rees line eggs from a different breeder. Also eggs of a Rees line rooster over line C hens. Line breeding and inbreeding has it's place in chickens, I'm just looking generations down the road and will be happy to have new genetics to bring in fresh blood. Granted it may be at the sacrifice of some quality at that point, who knows, but trust me I too want good egg production.
I don't think we would be generations behind on color at all. Unfortunately color is a topic that comes up all too often and many people don't know what Cream should actually look like so a lot of confusion comes into play. Color has been discussed over and over again on these threads through out the years. Of course we all know color doesn't make the whole bird, type does and should be the main focus in terms of the "look" of the bird.
I am one that feels the Rees line is a small set back. The CL from the older lines from people that have been working on their flocks for a few years have done very well to get nicely cream birds that aren't gold and aren't white. For me personally in my own experience with the Rees line, the males of this line are too mono tone making the coloring appear WAY off, and to me, not correct (no I am not one that prefers the more colorful side). The Rees males are too washed out and not showing cream in the manor they should, many Rees males also have very poor barring. I also am not a fan of the type from many Rees males I have seen. Of course this is my opinion. Im not purposefully trying to sound like I am bashing this line, I do have CL from the Rees line and love them. The females are very nice looking over all and my Rees male while I find him to be a poor example of the breed he is the best flock cock bird ever. I do think they have nice qualities to breed with the other lines to help on some traits such as vigor and Im sure other things as well depending upon your specific flock.
My opinion is that the Lines A, B and C had some better type showing up and better cream color, even though they did carry gold, they also carried cream and it just takes proper pairing to quickly eliminated the gold from your flock to get an all cream flock.
I cant stress enough this is just my opinion.
Edited by chicken pickin - 12/18/15 at 5:33pm