Evening all. Have been indulging in a little geeking out the last hour or so, coming up with a plan for my quail project. I've got silver eggs (average eggs), A&M (jumbo eggs), and Jumbo/Pharoah (jumbo eggs) incubating. I love pretty much anything with a silver or lavender type gene, so I eventually want my quail to be all silver. That being said, I would prefer they are nice and big to be useful as well, so I've mapped meself out a plan to get there...
<geek alert....loves me some excel spreadsheets>
I'm cobbling together some breeding plans into a sort of clan based spiral breeding program as follows:
I'm using the rule that each group is a clan (pen) and all chicks produced out of that pen are tagged as that clan, like this:
Of course, if I'm going to geek on this, I MUST assign clan names to the pens...and coat of arms are naturally important...
(hopefully this is visible - if not, enjoy the pretty colors, and pretend it's supercool. )
Anyway, I plan to cross the silvers out to jumbos, then recapture the silver, running 3 pens that spiral to keep up diversity and avoid crossing too close, blending back in jumbos when needed for size/outcross vigor.