Inherited Temperament

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Iceblink, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Iceblink

    Iceblink Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is just my own thought, but if you breed mean, flighty, ect chickens, wouldn't their offspring be more likely to be mean, flighty, ect?

    And would the same hold true for nice, calm, friendly chickens?

    Of course always taking into accound the 'individual variable.'

    Does that make sense?
  2. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Absolutely! Temperament is a highly heritable trait.
  3. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    It makes perfect sense. I have seen the meanest temperments passed on in other animals we have bred here. Especially horses. Can't see why not chickens. You always have environmental issues - who raised them, and how they were raised, but the basics have always proven the same. JMHO
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK are on the right track. That is why if a cow showed fight with no calf we would haul them to the sale barn. Life is too much fun to spend it diving over fences! I must admit that I like spunky birds...I think it is a character flaw. I like to carry on that banty rooster thing.
  5. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Yep! With a next generation from a mean bird, you can attempt to "condition" the next generation.

    It worked well for Mr. Mom (Light Brahma) and for Courage (RIR).
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    YES, absolutely, temperament is genetic. That doesnt mean every offspring of an easygoing hen and rooster will be sweet and lovable, but it usually does. There's the odd one every once in awhile, like Gabriel, Hawkeye's son who is a bit older than Zane, or was, before he became very aggressive and lost his head. He was skittish from hatch, unlike the others, very nervous and jumpy all the time. He was never aggressive to us, but I do not like dealing with that type and his body type wasn't what I wanted, so I rehomed him. He eventually became very aggressive and was culled. BUT, Gabriel was the exception. I still own three of Hawkeye's wonderful sons. They have outstanding temperaments.
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Ditto, temperment is genetic!
  8. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2008
    East Austin, Texas
    I like the real world experience on this but does anyone have any science on this?
  9. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008


    And, yes. [​IMG]
  10. Iceblink

    Iceblink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone, I always appreciate such knowledgable answers to my questions.
    And I love hearing anecdotes.

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