Egg laying genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by El Exorcisto, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. El Exorcisto

    El Exorcisto Out Of The Brooder

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    I had read somewhere that the egg size and lay rate qualities of a cross tend to come from the genetics of the rooster's line. Has this been scientifically quantified, or is it just anecdotal? Have you guys found it to be true at all?
     
  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    egg laying trait(size, rate) is a Polygenic trait, this means that there are many genes at play here, this type of genetics are still unknown or mostly unknown to us as of yet, and some of those genes may be sex linked genes... so it is safe to assume that a rooster that came from a good egg laying hen will produce good egg laying hens when mated to good laying hens...
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    The heritage chicken thread has some good information about selecting for better egg production; selecting chicks that feather rapidly and grow faster generally improves egg production a bit each generation. I plan to try this in my flock. Mary
     

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