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Game X Welsummer

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by greenfamilyfarms, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I have had the chance to get some eggs from a person who is trying to develop a dark egg laying game chicken.

    Do you think that the dark egg genetics will carry over from generation to generation?

    They are crossing wheaten game hens to a welsummer roo.
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    It will eventually become lighter again without re-introducing the darker egg color periodically. It will take some time to develop and establish it as a "breed" trait, many years and generations.
     
  3. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They will have dark egg laying chickens.. the gameness will be gone.... [​IMG]
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Very true also. [​IMG]
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Oh, bummer. I thought that it would make a gamey dark egg layer. Oh well! Glad I asked!
     
  6. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually if a gamey dark egg layer is what you are looking for that is probably as close as you'll get... I had a freerange Brahma rooster and ended up with a few Brahma x American Games and they are far more game than any standard laying breed, they make some nice little chickens not really game but a step up from layers [​IMG]
     
  7. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O, they would be a bit gamey, just not as much as the parent stock. The nongame traits tend to wash out the gameness very quickly. To set the dark egg color you would be breeding away from the game influence. Many game breeds do lay tinted eggs so you could probably get darker eggs easier than with say a white egg layer. One thing you would get is excellent vigor and vitality. Also, you get some really cool colors.... Don't be discouraged, do it I think you will really like the results....and don't forget to post us some pics too....love to see the "mutt" chickens, they usually make you finer stock than the "pure" breds.......[​IMG]
     
  8. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another breeder once told me "Gameness seems to be [like] mixing black and white paint - there can be a lot of shades of grey..."

    [​IMG]
    Here are two of the Game x Brahma stags... they're utter failures as egg layers [​IMG] but kinda cute
     

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