Breeding up

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shylis, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Shylis

    Shylis Out Of The Brooder

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    Good evening,
    This is my first post here, but I've been stalking the boards, reading posts for a few weeks now. I do not have any chickens yet (I am in my "research stage"), but hopefully I will be getting some later this spring. I have questions about various things and I would rather get advice from people who actually have chickens, instead of from books or websites. And I also have thoughts and will likely post some "just wondering" topics.

    Anyway, my first "just wondering" is about "breeding up". I read in a book that it is possable to breed up to pure. I understand how this idea works in theory, but I don't remember ever reading about this on any websites I looked at. So, I was curious if this a common practice or if it is frowned upon? It makes sense, I suppose, to introduce "new blood" to rare breeds. Or to increase traits like egg production, fertility, etc. But at the same time, too much of this would dilute a rare breeds genetics, wouldn't it?

    If this is in the wrong area, feel free to move it or what-have-you.
     
  2. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    breeding up or breeding down is some time easest way to breed a bird with out mixing another breed in, u well get trough back of both sizes but breeding up is easier then breeding down
     
  3. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some time u find quailty birds in one size, ok birds in the other size to emprove the other
     
  4. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    breed up from bantams to make standard frizzle cochin
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  5. Shylis

    Shylis Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, chickens come in two sizes. I forgot that. I wasn't talking about sizes, sorry for the confusion. I should have been more clear. I was talking, for example, breeding an Ameraucana (sp?) and a Leghorn, to increase egg production(?). Then breeding the F1 back to Ameraucana, and the same with each generation until you basically have Ameraucana.
     
  6. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes that is done too to make black ameraunas biger the breed then to black austerlops allso to im prove leg color at one time polish was breed in
     
  7. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    naked necks where breed silkies to get showgirls
     
  8. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    there is a chart that shows what you are talking about, let me fimd it

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  9. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    Quote:what is being asked is if you add a different breed to a line to improve, let say color, you need to then line breed to remove the added breed, is that what your asking, not the making of a new breed like the showgirl
     
  10. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she ask if it was common pratice yes it is for some
     

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