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  1. BCMaraniac

    BREEDING FOR PRODUCTION...EGGS AND OR MEAT.

    I'm not familiar with HERDA, but it does sound awful. Like you said, HYPP is a genetic disease with incomplete or dominance in terms of the expression of the gene. An asymptomatic parent can have a symptomatic offspring. The primary reason that N/H horses are bred is that the gene for HYPP...
  2. BCMaraniac

    BREEDING FOR PRODUCTION...EGGS AND OR MEAT.

    The gene causes the condition known as HYPP----hyperkalemic periodic paralysis. Actually the gene is dominant, not recessive. That said, all heterozygotes are not symptomatic. They are designated as N/N, N/H or H/H. AQHA now requires that all registered horses with any Impressive breeding...
  3. BCMaraniac

    Necropsy Photos. Very graphic. If you're squeamish, don't look.

    Most likely that is metastatic ovarian cancer in her liver. The more advanced the cancer, the more likely there is to be liver metastasis.
  4. BCMaraniac

    Bresse Chickens

    I have had both the light and the dark blue legs. I have had a few who have ended up with blue legs and feet, but with some residual light color on the toes. I always process those.
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    Bresse Chickens

    I have had chicks hatched with a little more bluish tint to their legs, and some more yellowish. They all turned blue as they got older.
  6. BCMaraniac

    Bresse Chickens

    I love the Bresse too. They taste delicious, and I have had capons slips up to 4 1/2 pounds dressed. I am looking forward to dressing out some full capons this year. They are not aggressive, but the roosters can be quite protective of their hens especially when they are with them in a...
  7. BCMaraniac

    Processing Day Support Group ~ HELP us through the Emotions PLEASE!

    When I process a bunch of older hens and/or roosters, I grind the meat coarsely, pack it in pint jars with a half-tsp of salt....no liquid....and then pressure can it. It processes in its own juices, and is great for soup, chili, chicken salad. Then I make stock with the carcasses.
  8. BCMaraniac

    GRAPHIC PICS of my day learning to caponize

    It is recommended that the peritoneum....the membrane that is supposed to be cut open for caponizing...not be disturbed in a pullet so that scar tissue doesn't form around the ovary and oviduct, which can result in an internal layer. So if you aren't planning to try to poulardize the pullets, I...
  9. BCMaraniac

    GRAPHIC PICS of my day learning to caponize

    I caponized some young cockerels today, and one of them was iffy so I made my initial incision on the left rather than the right. Here is what I found: The white cord in the center extending toward the right is the oviduct. The reddish structure is the kidney. The lower tip of the ovary...
  10. The lower..left...testicle removed and the right one remaining.

    The lower..left...testicle removed and the right one remaining.

  11. Both testicles....a 7 week old cockerel.....removed from one side.

    Both testicles....a 7 week old cockerel.....removed from one side.

  12. The ovary and oviduct in a 12 week old pullet.

    The ovary and oviduct in a 12 week old pullet.

  13. The immature ovary of a 12 week old pullet, with a small piece of oviduct visualized.

    The immature ovary of a 12 week old pullet, with a small piece of oviduct visualized.

  14. Oviduct.

    Oviduct.

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