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Can anyone recommend a book on what colors to breed together to get different colors or the color that you want. I am just starting and can use all the advice I can get.
Love my life in the beautiful Mountains of Western North Carolina! I have a very supportive husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I raise Black Copper Marans, Cuckoo Marans, I am just getting in to Faverolle's and Orpington's. I now have a Beautiful Buff Orpington named Dexter. He is 5 months old. I have Buff Chicks, BBS Chicks and Lemon Cuckoo chicks. I also have a incubator full of Orpington and...
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Love my life in the beautiful Mountains of Western North Carolina! I have a very supportive husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I raise Black Copper Marans, Cuckoo Marans, I am just getting in to Faverolle's and Orpington's. I now have a Beautiful Buff Orpington named Dexter. He is 5 months old. I have Buff Chicks, BBS Chicks and Lemon Cuckoo chicks. I also have a incubator full of Orpington and...
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post #2 of 5
Not a book but you might start with these. The first one gives you a bit if chicken genetics basics. The second is a cross calculator that can get very addictive.

Genetics explanation
http://sellers.kippenjungle.nl

Cross Calculator
http://kippenjungle.nl/Overzicht.htm#kipcalculator

You might want to try posting in the genetics section of this forum. You might catch an expert's eye over there.

Sometimes it is better to ask about a specific color instead of the more generic questions. I find chicken genetics to be frustrating and complicated, yet fascinating. It's usually not a case of dominant versus recessive. How a specific gene acts depends a whole lot on which other genes are present, and even whether it is split or pure.

Good luck and watch out for addiction.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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This is a GREAT book.  You may have to read things over a bit since the way it was written.

 

It is called. "The Mating and Breeding Of Poultry" the authors are: Harry M Lamon and Rob, R Slocum

 

It has taught me a ton!

I am the owner and operator Southern Class Poultry,  nestled in a beautiful area of NC. 

 

We breed, raise, and love Millie Fleur Bantam Cochins, Black Bantam Cochins, Standard Lemon Blue Cochins, Splash Standard Cochins, Seramas and I have a few silkie hens used to raise my babies. 

 

I am NPIP certified. I occasionally sell eggs. 

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I am the owner and operator Southern Class Poultry,  nestled in a beautiful area of NC. 

 

We breed, raise, and love Millie Fleur Bantam Cochins, Black Bantam Cochins, Standard Lemon Blue Cochins, Splash Standard Cochins, Seramas and I have a few silkie hens used to raise my babies. 

 

I am NPIP certified. I occasionally sell eggs. 

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Thank you both very much!! I am already addicted to the hatching and raising.......so this will give me one more thing to spend hours on! big_smile.png
Love my life in the beautiful Mountains of Western North Carolina! I have a very supportive husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I raise Black Copper Marans, Cuckoo Marans, I am just getting in to Faverolle's and Orpington's. I now have a Beautiful Buff Orpington named Dexter. He is 5 months old. I have Buff Chicks, BBS Chicks and Lemon Cuckoo chicks. I also have a incubator full of Orpington and...
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Love my life in the beautiful Mountains of Western North Carolina! I have a very supportive husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I raise Black Copper Marans, Cuckoo Marans, I am just getting in to Faverolle's and Orpington's. I now have a Beautiful Buff Orpington named Dexter. He is 5 months old. I have Buff Chicks, BBS Chicks and Lemon Cuckoo chicks. I also have a incubator full of Orpington and...
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Originally Posted by vickifiveoh View Post

Thank you both very much!! I am already addicted to the hatching and raising.......so this will give me one more thing to spend hours on! big_smile.png


I know what you mean! I am addicted to chicks, chickens and the whole process in between! lau.gif

I am the owner and operator Southern Class Poultry,  nestled in a beautiful area of NC. 

 

We breed, raise, and love Millie Fleur Bantam Cochins, Black Bantam Cochins, Standard Lemon Blue Cochins, Splash Standard Cochins, Seramas and I have a few silkie hens used to raise my babies. 

 

I am NPIP certified. I occasionally sell eggs. 

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I am the owner and operator Southern Class Poultry,  nestled in a beautiful area of NC. 

 

We breed, raise, and love Millie Fleur Bantam Cochins, Black Bantam Cochins, Standard Lemon Blue Cochins, Splash Standard Cochins, Seramas and I have a few silkie hens used to raise my babies. 

 

I am NPIP certified. I occasionally sell eggs. 

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