D'Uccle Breeders – Help a Newbie Breed for Better Quality

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by k0r1nag, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. k0r1nag

    k0r1nag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kelso
    Hello all!

    I have several Porcelain and a few Mille Fleur D'Uccles, and I am trying to figure which to keep in the hopes of enhancing my stock. It is my plan to put together a few pairs to breed from next Spring.

    About my current stock: Some are Porcelain are related to my original trio, but I also managed to purchase a few that are unrelated. All of the Millies are unrelated. None of the chickens are from show stock - all are from hatcheries, or descendants or hatchery stock.

    I am interested in knowing which traits are dominant and which parent is most responsible for what trait. For example, I know that feathered feet and legs are dominant, but is a roo with nicely feathered feet going to enhance the stock when the female does not have very nice foot feathers? And I believe I have read that the hen often dictates the quality of the comb on the babies. Is my understanding correct? And what about beards and muffs? Does the hen or roo have a greater effect on the quality of the chicks? Furthermore I also understand that Porcelains often have feathering issues due to the recessive nature of their coloring. Should I breed in the Mille Fleurs periodically to help with this issue, as well as possibly adding in stock that has better traits?

    Obviously it would be best to start with the best quality birds, but I am having fun learning about genetics first-hand by hatching some chicks every year. I do plan to try to acquire SQ birds in the near future, but first I wish to learn a bit more about breeding.

    I understand that there is no one answer, especially when the lineage of my stock is unknown, but I would be grateful for any anecdotal information about what characteristics to choose for.

    Thank you for your time and expertise!
     
  2. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
  3. k0r1nag

    k0r1nag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the suggestion. I read through the thread and, as the info I was looking for wasn't specifically discussed, I have reposted my question there.
     
  4. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:Thanks for the suggestion. I read through the thread and, as the info I was looking for wasn't specifically discussed, I have reposted my question there.

    That was why Celtic was referring you there. Ask your question there, someone will be able to help.
     

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