For those breeding for partridge color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by seedcorn, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you run a female line and a male line? It seems when you improve the lacing on the hens, the males have a tendancy for lacing on the breast.
     
  2. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    I dont breed partridge anymore but when I did I had just one line and it produced good males and decent females. I have seen female lines and male lines and the opposite sex looks odd. An example was a female line that I saw produced males that looked like pencilled hamburgs as far as color. Then I saw a male line that had females that were almost solid brown, it was very odd.
     
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is my understanding (as monkey stated) that you would breed for male and breed for females in two separate pens. The standards should reflect the genetics behind the variety but that is not always the case.

    Tim
     
  4. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad someone asked that. There are definitely two different "types" in this group of PRs. They're not even three weeks but I can see the two distinctly in wing tips feathers.

    One group has clear hard bars of color in their juvenille feathers, the other group is distinctly pencilled.

    Is there any consistency between juvenille coloring and adult? I've got one chick, with pencilling, that's marked like a welsummer. The others are a group with red-brown based color, and a group that is heavily melanistic brown, some with pencilling, some with clearer barring. Again I know baby feathers, aren't adult coloring but are there any indicators in juvenille coloring?

    I'd prefer a stronger female line, because I'm keeping mostly females and I'm in this to increase the dual nature of the breed and quality of this flock as a whole.

    As I go along then I need a good male/s? That produce better females?


    Thanks for the help... Cher
     
  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    what type is this? male line or female line? Someone gave me four hens like this, and said they would get me a rooster from the same breeder, which has not happened yet but probably will sometime reasonably soon. So, in chicken lingo, how would you describe these feathers?
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  6. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    I would say those hens are more from a female line, the pencilling is more distinct than in some.
     
  7. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    I would agree as most male lines, the hens are very dark so you get dark breasts and get away from lacing in breast.

    I have roo that I'm pretty sure is out of hen line. Way too much lacing now that he is older.

    I think the last partridge wyandottes have some white wyandotte in the fairly recent past in an attempt to get better type.
     

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