Dominique or barred rock?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Muncy89, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. cstephens1987

    cstephens1987 Songster

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    I would suggest cruising a different forum for this. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/the-plymouth-rock-breeders-thread-part-deux.1296652/
     
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  2. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

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    I was just about to summon @Mosey2003 to help him out.
     
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  3. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

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    Why would you want to use RIR hens if you want to breed Barred Rocks? This makes ZERO sense whatsoever. You have a hatchery quality Barred Rock male there. There is no reason you can't pick up some hatchery female Barred Rocks for a couple bucks a pop.

    In some places, many folks will call any barred bird a Dominique, or a "Dominecker," regardless as to whether it is or not. But the bird pictured has a single comb. Honestly, if it's not from SOP lines, there is extraordinarily little difference.

    That link for breeding Barred Rocks is how they do it in England, not the US. We don't have sports and try to breed the males and females to have exactly the same width of bars here. If you're trying to breed the way that article says to, you'd need to use black birds anyway, not RIR.
     
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  4. cstephens1987

    cstephens1987 Songster

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    Yeah I think I already set him on the right path lol. Agreed though
     
  5. cstephens1987

    cstephens1987 Songster

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    Out of curiosity, why would you want to make a breed less easily sexable?
     
  6. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

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    Striving for perfection. The males and females should be identical. We (Americans) choose not to breed separate male and female lines like that, there's enough to worry about with type and quality, honestly.
     
  7. cstephens1987

    cstephens1987 Songster

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    I'm American too, but as far as I knew the double barring and easy sexing was desirable. At least in my eyes it was. It's not something you have to breed for as it is a natural biproduct of their genetics. Why would you purposefully want to strive for sexual ambiguity and androgynous features. That would seem to be the opposite of perfection and usefulness to me.
     
  8. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Free Ranging

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    You can't breed show quality birds from hatchery quality. Though, you could breed production barred rocks.
     
  9. Muncy89

    Muncy89 In the Brooder

    And what's the different in hatchery quality and production quality? Sounds like pretty much the same thing to me lol and I never said I wanted to breed show birds just decent rocks that doesn't look ratchet
     
  10. Muncy89

    Muncy89 In the Brooder

    Close to the standards of perfection. Not perfection itself.
     

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