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Delaware breeding question

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by SunnySideUpGUAM, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you breed a Delaware male to a New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red female you get chicks with the Delaware color pattern.

    My question is are these Delaware rooster x NH or RIR hens offspring still silver? Like the original Delaware?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    The cocks will be heterozygous silver, S/s+. Hens will be silver, S/- because it's a sex linked gene and they can't have more than one copy anyways.

    And remember you are likely to see red leakage in the chicks, especially on the shoulders and saddles of the males.
     
  3. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks you! So what do i get out of breeding reds to a Delaware roo anyway? i just read that you could, but it didn't say why you would.
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Well... breeding Delaware (or other silver) hens to a RIR (or other red) cock will get you sex linked chicks. Silver males and red females. Beautiful birds. Maybe that's the cross you read as being a good cross.

    The opposite won't give you sex links, but it'll give you good layers and pretty birds.
     
  5. SunnySideUpGUAM

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  6. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it was always my plan to maintain a flock of Delawares to produce Red sexlinks. So in reading about Delawares that cross came up and it got me wondering if that was a tactic I should use in my Delaware breeding program. Maybe its for use when you inbreed too much and you wanna water down the strain. Maybe it would be to add something you like from the Red strain, I don't know i was hoping someone here would know. I guess as long as that cross(Delaware rooster x NHred or RIred hen) always produces silver pullets/hens, I'll be happy!
     
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