Brahma Crossing Questions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KinderKorner, May 31, 2010.

  1. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Alrighty. I need some opinions.

    I am currently working on a few projects and have been deciding back and forth which would work better.


    I want to remain as close to the brahma type as I can.

    I have two choices. Crossing to Orps and crossing to Sussex.

    Crossing to orps they seems to be more fluffy, cheaper, and more brahma shapey.

    But crossing to sussex there is already a columbian pattern so keeping color correct would seem easier. They are larger I've heard.

    So experts out there.

    How hard would it be crossing to a black orp to get back to the columbian pattern. I realize I would have to work on leg color and single combs no matter which of the breeds I choose. But would crossing to orps be possible or do I really need to spring for a sussex?

    Welcome any opinions.
     
  2. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you tell us what trait you are going for and what you are needing to pull from the Orps or Sussex. And are you wanting to get back to the Light Columbian or the Buff Columbian color ?
     
  3. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I'm pulling color. But would like to keep it columbian.

    I am wanting to get back to the light columbian pattern.
     
  4. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmmm I'm kinda confused, if you are wanting to get back to light columbian, ( Light Brahmas) then what exactly are you trying to get from the Orps or Sussex ? Just the size and fluffiness ?
     
  5. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    It's a secret. [​IMG]

    What I am basicly asking.

    Which bird is closer to Brahma Standards.

    And would it be hard to get a solid color back to columbian with a few generations.
     
  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    OK I understand that.

    But I think you can get more columbians in the second generation if you breed to black, then breed back to the brahmas.

    Have you considered using Cochins or do they have what you are looking for ?
     
  7. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Cochins would be nice, but unfortunetly they don't have what I want in LF. Bantam I've already got some project chicks in the brooder right now. [​IMG] I'll share in a year or so. lol. Unless I can't take it any longer and I have to show pictures.


    I'm actually having trouble locating SQ LF Light Brahmas. I've contacted everyone I could find. Yet still looking.
     
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  9. Chris09

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  10. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

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    Saw a handfull of good SQ lights for sale this weekend at the Southern Ohio show in Lucasville, Ohio. I would think the larger shows would be your best bet.
     

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