Originally Posted by Blulaced Damsel
Thought I would jump in here as I am mourning the loss of 10 hens to an unknown predator a couple of days ago. I am thankful that this one CL hen was spared because both she and her egg is are sort of exotic! The photo of the eggs shows two of her eggs, one average CL egg, and one cream/white Sulmtaler egg (this will be my last, as I only had one of her and she was gobbled up).
All my other CLs look alike and have the dark colored head.
She has this beautiful ginger coloring... We call her "Ginger"
I'm so sorry for your loss - how awful. Ginger is SO lovely, as are her eggs (all three of mine are a more pale greenish-blue - I really wish I had more variety between my girls' egg color like you have so I could be more sure of which to incubate without having to trap nest). I love Ginger's coloring!
I've been following the recent cream discussion with interest, because I find it so interesting to read discussions of how to influence such a complex color pattern. I do find myself hoping, though, that perhaps we will ultimately have different variants of CL coloring that can be equally valued, because although the light birds are attractive, I happen to think that the "gold" birds that everyone is talking about "fixing" are actually really quite lovely. It would be nice to have a few variants in patterns accepted for growth of the breed (or am I misguided, in that if you go too much in that direction, they look too much like a brown leghorn?). Mine are hatchery stock and I'm not/will never be a breeder, so I don't have a dog in this hunt, I just love my CLs and am expressing a preference regarding their coloring...
Could someone explain what is meant by "crele"? (I saw those in the online show.) Is that, perhaps, what I'm "looking" for or referring to as a variant? What is the difference between "crele" and "gold"? (Apologies if my questions are stupid/basic - I'm simultaneously working on an aloha naked neck project, and feather genetics are completely scrambled in my head right now!)
- Ant Farm
Edit to add - I got confused - I was referring to the discussion on the Cream Legbar thread, not this one. My bad.
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 11/20/15 at 7:35pm