In the Fall of 2022, we decided to begin working on our own strains of Cream Legbars and Opal Legbars, knowing it could take a good decade or more to produce outstanding birds that closely aligned with the Standard of Perfection, and produced chicks that were highly uniform in size, type/conformation, and coloring.
The breed's history in the United States is relatively short. Cream Legbars were first imported from the UK by Greenfire Farms, and many of the birds that were produced from those imported birds were technically not "cream" at all, and instead were crele in color. To be considered "cream," the bird should have two copies of the recessive gold inhibitor gene (ig/ig), which is also known as the cream gene. Golden Crele legbars do not have the recessive gold inhibitor gene, and are a much warmer (golden) color. In addition to the questionable genetics of the first imported birds, some of the birds being bred and distributed today are too overmelanized (too much black coloring) or too over phenomelanized (too much red coloring) to fit the description in the Standard of Perfection, and most backyard breeders aren't taking conformation of body and correct coloring into consideration - they're just producing chicks for sale, which is really to the detriment of the breed, ESPECIALLY as it is so new, and has yet to be recognized by the American Poultry Association.