Originally Posted by sjturner79
True , but with 4 pairs of genetics controlling combs it means that there are serveral more types of comb that can breed true, it just would need at least 8 different people to be all breeding for it, and once they get it breeding true for more than 6 generations, if they can agree on the standard for the rest of the features of the bird they can apply to have it recognized. The APA mostly follows follows the US because they have enough groups to produce the breeds, most breeds here have been imported from the us, though some have come from the UK with only 2 or 3 originating here in Australia.
I've been doing quite a bit of research on this as once I can my backyard flock to start producing close to one of the types I want, I intend to spend the money to setup a proper breeding program and try and get some people interested in trying to stabilize and standardize the breed features I want. With the current breeds in Australia I need to pull features from at least 4 and maybe 8 breeds to get the bird I want.
Good for you sjturner79 .... wishing you all the best and good wishes in your endeavours.
It is time we stopped looking to the U.S. for everything that moves, waddles, flys, lays eggs, gallops or bleats - as some kind of 'guaranteed yardstick' for breeding.
We have enough here, in so many varieties of animals and birds, to begin to ( as you are wanting to do ) establish our own breeds - peculiar to our own needs, and the judging thereof. Just got to convince judges and big time associations that we have what it takes to breed beautiful, hardy, good laying or meat stock in chickens, plus beauty of a breed.
Grrrr .... I do not subscribe to following the U.S. for this kind of thing ( or anything much else for that matter ). Just look at the Ameraucana vs. Araucana uproar. Both birds have their origins from South America, but the U.S. has 'announced' that the only bird viable for good judging and breeding is their own Ameraucana bird. Nothing else matters, be it from the U.K, Europe, or here.
Wishing you all success in your breeding programmes.