Breeders: How do you keep autosexing strong in a breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KPenley, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. KPenley

    KPenley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newbie learning question: I've been reading that most purebred birds are mated to their siblings or parents in order to keep autosexing strong in their breed. And chicks without a strong "tell" are culled early or watched to see if they pass on the lesser color difference to their offspring (and then culled if they do). How do you keep the color differences strong while avoiding the problems that too much inbreeding causes?
     
  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Autosexing breeds are autosexing always, it just wont go away, if you are worried about inbreeding just introduce another rooster every other year...
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    What breeds have you been reading this about?
     
  4. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    not Crele OEG I´m sure... some people go gaga over cream legbars...
     
  5. KPenley

    KPenley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going gaga over the legbars and rhodebars. And then I got really excited when I learned that some breeders were getting autosex traits with barnevelders. Thank you for the clarification.
     

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