I have a breeding question. I've been able to find some "production" Buckeye crosses, which are a cross of a good laying Buckeye strain (line?) with production bred Rhode Island Reds.
Let's say in theory, that these hybrids turn out to be exceptional layers and I want to bring that egg laying ability into my flock of purebred Buckeyes which are poor layers.
Let's also say in theory, I end up with a hybrid hen that has out produced the rest, and she's the one I'm most interested in. She will of course have a heterozygous pea/single comb. I will have a number of her "brothers" to choose from as well. These "brothers" will have genes from a better laying strain of Buckeyes than mine.
Could I "concentrate" the egg laying ability of the hybrid?
Would there be any advantage to crossing her with a brother and then select the best-laying -most- Buckeye-looking F2 hen, to cross into my purebred flock? That would take an extra year, would it be worthwhile doing that?
Or would it be best to just take the best hybrid layer and cross directly with a Buckeye rooster and select afterwards?
The goals would be two fold, one to get the better egg laying ability, and to remove the single comb from the next generations, and hopefully end up with Buckeyes that look like Buckeyes.
How should I proceed?