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Cochin breeders... Foot feather question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by serendipityfarm, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. serendipityfarm

    serendipityfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there. I have a couple hatchery Cochins I have thought about hatching some eggs from, but they don't have great feathering on their feet. I am new to breeding and am wondering how difficult the foot feathers are to "fix"? If I cross them to a roo with well-feathered feet, how many generations before there will be significant improvement?
    Thanks, and Happy New Year to all!
     
  2. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aloha,

    I sort of did this with my birds but let us assume that the roo is 100% feathered. And the hens are 50% feathered, lets assume. (visual guesstimate) Then there will be 75% of the kids that will be well and 25% that are okay feathered. then take the better stock and breed the nicely formed ones and again if needed so 2-3 generations and just sell or take out/sell the unwanted stock unless you find a pattern in the undesired stoke you wish to breed more of. But use the "Kip calculator" and see what it says.

    But that is just my guesstimate.
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011

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