1. chickencoop97

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    Hi guys i was wondering on chicken genetics and need some help. I'm a breeder of gamefowl and am looking forward to establishing "line" or "strain" and would like to understand how chicken genetics work. What would happen if I cross an AB Cock to a CD hen for instance?(A,B,C, and D are different bloodlines as an assumption) What would the offspring be like? (Ex. 7/8 CD, 3/4 BC and the like)
     
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Here ya go. If I could only have 9 books in my poultry library :

    Hi, [​IMG]
    If I was wanting to line-breed, the first thing I would do is surround myself with quality knowledge
    which would help me understand what I was seeing in the birds and how to manage cause
    and effort for best improvement. These are the 9-10 books I would use as the core of my library
    and why :
    1. The 2010 APA Standard of Perfection . If you don't know the Standard, it's hard to breed to it.
    The 1st 40 pages are extremely educational. http://www.amerpoultryassn.com/store.htm
    2. Van Dort, Hancox, and Friends, :The Genetics Of Chicken Colours- The Basics".
    An understandable text on "breeding to feather", latter half includes a superb pictorial encyclopedia
    of poultry plumage, the pictures are captioned with the genetic formulas. http://www.chickencolours.com/pagina3.html
    3. Van Dort, "The Genetics Of Chicken Extremities", A slightly more scientific but readable text
    on "breeding to type" devoted to topics not covered in the 1st volume. http://www.chickencolours.com/pagina19.html
    4. , Card, Wetherell Henry. , "Laws governing the breeding of standard fowls. ". By a respected
    veteran poultry man describing the major and minor breeding laws. Plus the value of (and a
    time tested technique) for linebreeding. Despite the book's age, the knowledge is timeless.
    Wid Card was Danne Honour's uncle's uncle. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=chi.087299559;view=1up;seq=5
    5. Davis, J. H. "The Art of Breeding". A classic, entertaining book describing the basic philosophies
    behind "the art of breeding". http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924003135401;view=1up;seq=5
    6. Brereton ,Grant , "21st Century Poultry Breeding", A great treatment of breeding techniques
    focusing mostly on Wyandottes, yet with information for all to enjoy.
    http://poultrykeeper.com/book-reviews/21st-century-poultry-breeding-book-review Available thru http://www.Amazon.com
    7. Brian Reeder, "An Introduction to Color Forms of the Domestic Fowl"
    http://brianreederbreeder.blogspot.com/
    8. Brian Reeder, " An Introduction To Form And Feathering Of The Domestic Fowl"
    http://brianreederbreeder.blogspot.com/ Brian writes a column for this ezine: http://www.exhibitionpoultry.net/
    9. One or two classic books on one's chosen breed.
    Many of these classic books are online. My fav book databases are :
    Hathi Trust Digital Library
    (some texts not available "full view" outside the USA)
    http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/ls?a=page&page=advanced
    Google Books
    As these old public domain books get reprinted, they often succumb
    to "snippet", "preview" or "limited search" options. If you see one you
    like, download it.
    http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search
    The Internet Archive
    https://archive.org/
    I am having trouble with this site's security certificate , however, I
    think it is the new security software I had installed, not the site.
    Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA)
    and of course the rest of the Cornell collections. The James Rice Poultry
    Collection is esp. fascinating.
    http://chla.library.cornell.edu/

    This is the core of my breeding library. The only 2 books I have not read are 3 and 8. I look
    forward to acquiring them this year, first 3 then 8. There are always more books to read,
    however these 9 or 10 will form a a firm foundation on which to begin. If I could only afford 5,
    it would be the 1st 5 in descending order. Books 4 and 5 are readable for free online.
    Best Regards,
    Karen and the Light Sussex
    in western PA, USa
     
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  3. chickencoop97

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    Wow thanks so much mate for the help :) you have my many thanks :) I'll read through this books in a while :)
     
  4. chickencoop97

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    I'm really into sweater fowls mate can you tell me what a "pure" sweater would look like?
     
  5. sdm111

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    Sweater more a cross than pure but here's a 5000 line cock[​IMG]
     
  6. chickencoop97

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    Hmm so if I cross a sweater to a sweater what will I get? Can you describe an authentic sweater hen?
     
  7. chickencoop97

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    Uhm what is a 5000 line mate? Is that the hatchery or breeder?
     
  8. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    Read up on sweater 5000 here's a 5000 line hen but in this pic I just got her and she was clucking[​IMG]
     
  9. sdm111

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    If you read up on the sweater fowl there's a few different lines. Too much to type
     
  10. sdm111

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    Basic sweater is 3/4 Kelso 1/4 hatch then infused with Boston roundhead
     

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