Dominance

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by The Angry Hen, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello Everybody,

    I want to learn this subject and build it in my brain...
    My first question will be genetics, like breeding.

    If I bred a five-toed rooster with a four-toed hen...
    I have already found out the baby will have five toes...

    The rooster took dominant. Right?
    What about the same situation but the rooster had five toes and the hen had a beard?
    Which would take dominant? Or both?

    I am ready to learn!
    -The Angry Hen
     
  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Chicken Obsessed

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    Would anybody like to comment please?

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  3. The Angry Hen

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    Please answer! Don't hide!

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  4. keesmom

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    It isn't quite that simple. Extra toes tend to be dominant, but that does not mean all offspring will always have 5 toes. You could get 5 on each foot, 5 on one and 4 on the other, or 4 toes on each foot. You can also get fused toes, extra toenails, or even 6 toes.

    Feathered legs is another trait that tends to be dominant but isn't an absolute. Offspring will often have feathered legs but it will be more sparse than the parent. Sometimes the leg feathering will be similar to the parent, or in some cases there will be no leg feathering.

    Muffs/beards are the same way. The most often outcome is partially bearded offspring, meaning the face feathering isn't as profuse as the bearded parent. Of you breed partially bearded birds to clean faced ones then the likelihood of beard decreases.
     
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  5. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello,

    Thank you for responding!
    The info you gave is very helpful, thanks!

    Yes, I forgot to mention...
    I know that the five toes can be dominant or not.

    -The Angry Hen
     

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