I would love to participate, but will not be getting my eggs/chicks until Spring. In the meantime can I help in any other ways? I kind of like research :) I love a project, and come March will have incubator space should anyone like to see if the offspring of their stock breeds true .
1 - can we assume that Greenfire was the original and only importer of Cream Legbars? This has been a question with Basque hens where there is some indication that Greenfire was not the original North American importer and that the early stock may have been crossed with another Spanish breed the Pendesenca.
In my research, most of the Legbars in the USA are from Greenfire Farms. But riverrockfamilyfarm said that their stock was not related to GFF (in post 68 of The Legbar Thread!). If I did my math correctly their babies were imported/hatched 3/2011. GFF says they imported 1/2011 (greenfirefarms.com/store/cream-legbar/)2 - I think that all the Legbars are supposed to have a crest. See post 1754 of The Legbar Thread! already corrected I saw!
3 - Even though the UK standard posted above and on The Legbar Thread indicates the Cream Legbar lays blue, green or olive eggs, most sources list them with blue eggs. Other Legbars (Gold and Silver) lay white eggs and Isbars lay green. Does anyone have Legbars (known to be direct descended from the original imported stock) lay any color other than blue? If everyone's imported all lay blue eggs, perhaps we should restrict the US standard to blue eggs to weed out the crosses as happened to the Ameraucana/Americana/Easter Eggers. I'd hate to see that acrimony affect the Legbars.
GFF claims theirs all lay "sky blue" eggs on the Legbar page mentioned above. I love the idea of adopting a color card and putting a range as acceptable (I think this should include what my eyes see as green...but it considered blue).
4 - Does anyone have a photo or links to photos of the ideal Cream Legbar per the standard above? From the written description, my Cream Legbar rooster isn't a cream legbar at all. He is crele colored with chestnut barred saddle, predominantly cream with some chestnut, blending to dark gray barring in the hackles. The description above, with mostly cream and grey seems more like a cuckoo colored bird to me, with some autosomal red leakage (chestnut smudges permissible and some salmon in the breast.)
Maybe these pretty birds from Avalon Poultry in UK
Is this guy, owned by Judy Bartkowiac, from the UK close?
I love these colors at Huckleberry Farms