dumb question?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by dunedin, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. dunedin

    dunedin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm just wondering something really basic.... If you have a flock of various colors but all the same breed (I'm fascinated by beautiful Wyandottes for instance) is that okay? I mean breeding wise do the offspring take after one or the other parent in coloring? Or do you have to breed same to same? I just have no idea how the genetics work, or breed standards...Does anyone know what I mean? Can someone explain it too me?
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    There is no such thing as a dumb question. The only dumb question is the one that's not asked that should have been asked. In answer to your question; no, the offspring will not take after one parent or the other if they are different varieties of the same breed. You will have the same basic breed (for example leg color, earlobe color, comb type, body size, etc. will be the same), but the offspring will carry the gene colors from both parents, and the colors will be a mix of some kind.
     

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