Advice Needed...Wanting feedback on which roosters/hens that I should breed based upon which genes a

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by BluRoo Farm OH, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. BluRoo Farm OH

    BluRoo Farm OH Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2016
    Camden, OH
    We are breeding Black, Blue, Splash Australorps with the goal of creating the Ideal Features for the Breed.

    I have a couple of Blue Aussie Roosters and a Hen that have features that I'm concerned about how likely the feature is
    to be passed along to its offspring.

    I have attached photos;
    1.) Blue Rooster with beautiful feathering, and body shape but has light colored Iris. I believe that preferred feature
    is to have dark eyes. How likely is the light colored Iris to be passed along to it's off spring?
    His feet have some light pink that likely to be passed along?

    2.) Blue Rooster He's Large with Beautiful Comb & Wattles; Nice Body Shape, but has some red feathering on one
    side of his body. Again How likely is this red feathering to show up in his offspring?

    3.) Blue Hen with beautiful feathering and body type, however she have some yellowing on her feet. The ideal
    color for feet is slate/white bottoms. (correct me if I'm wrong) How likely is this feature to be passed along?

    Thanks for any advice and recommendations.

    Well I just tried posting photos, however backyard chickens said that I don't have permission. I also tried cut & paste.
    ...sorry for no photos
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 23, 2015
    I'm not a bird breeding expert, but it sounds like an exciting task!

    I believe light irises tend to be pretty strong in birds. I've mixed Sebrights (dark irises) with Old English Game Bantams (light iris) and you get a mix of the two but from what I have noted dark is rarer than light in the crosses.

    Light patches on the feet are also seen in my dark skin/light skin crosses. Some have only light toes and dark feet, others have light feet with black spots. From what I hear it is best to avoid breeding birds with light patches unless they have enough other strengths to make up for it.

    Black birds seem to pass on red feathering (or other leakage) pretty strongly. All my black bird mixes showed leakage, both hens and roosters, though roosters more so then hens.

    Hope this helps. Again, if one has a fault but is otherwise very good, breed it to a bird that doesn't have that fault. Don't breed two weaknesses together, select for the strengths.

    Best of luck!
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Everything you mentioned will pass on to offspring. To what extent is an uncontrollable variable. What you do have control of is to not breed certain birds. Trying to get red out of a flock once it's in? Forget about it. Don't breed birds with red. Yellow on Australorp feet? Completely wrong for breed, don't breed it. Though skin color can be changed over few generations it's best practice to use birds that closest conform to the standard of breed.

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