(Edited for brevity)
Breeding for Color Correction ... Specifically, I think, balancing the silver and the columbian so that the body of the bird is white (and stays white), specifically in pullets ...
I've got red, and that's the problem I'd love to get lots of opinions on.
Is my little corner of the line "doomed?"
How do I best move forward? @gjensen or @fowlman01 or anyone with enough genetics experience to tell me if this is fixable ... ?
Brainstorming ideas, please. I promise I won't try them all.
I'll start ...
I could just completely ignore color and breed for type. Period. And try to clean up color when I have type all straightened out.
I've been told to cross my line with Columbian Rock ... but I've also been told those are on the wrong base color, so I'll end up with dark fluff.
I've been told to cross them with Light Sussex ... but I've also been told we'll lose the yellow legs and skin if we do this.
My inclination is to breed the F5 hens that finish the molt with the whitest bodies back to their father (F4) and to one of their sons (F6) ... but I'd HOPED to narrow down that group more by type than color.
For anyone who understands these things, here is a link to a poultry genetics page at the bottom of which is conveniently listed the genetic makeup of Barred Plymouth Rock, New Hampshire, AND Delaware.
And here is a link to a table of those genes.
Edited by LeslieDJoyce - 10/18/15 at 11:52am