Chicken genetics question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by DuckieG, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. DuckieG

    DuckieG In the Brooder

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    We have 17 Barred Rock babies and we were going to keep the 2 best roosters of the bunch. I found out that the man that we bought them from hatched them himself and he only had 4 hens and one rooster, so these guys are closely related. I don't want to have little inbred babies--should I be looking for a couple of able young men now or do I have a couple of generations before I see trouble? I gotta say though, I LOVE these little chickens. So friendly and happy.
     
  2. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Songster

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    You should be O K for another generation at least. Then you would have plenty of time to look around for someone to trade with, or to buy some eggs from.

    Jim
     
  3. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

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    Hey DuckieG have you been to the Plymouth Rock club site? You can download the standard of perfection for Plymouth Rocks. It is from 1917 but is still good. The picture make it worth it for it goes into how each type of feather should look like. The only thing I know is wrong now is the tail set for the hens. Book has it at 35 degrees and it is not 40 degrees. If you want the link to it just PM i shall send it too you.
     
  4. DuckieG

    DuckieG In the Brooder

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    That is a relief. I think I would rather find an adult roo later, if possible, so I know what I am getting, especially with the temperament. Thanks!
     

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