In the Brooder
- Jan 1, 2020
I'm trying to locate some Oregon Mini Goose breeders, without any luck. Are there any on this page that sell eggs, goslings or adults? I've already posted in the Goose forum and didn't come up with anything.
He is right about the diversity.But...they all came from Holderread who created them. I just don't think there are enough out there that you're going to find much genetic diversity regardless of where you get them from. I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think there are a whole lot of them around.
I understand how important genetic diversity is, I just don't think he's going to have a lot of luck finding it.He is right about the diversity.
I bought my original mini sebastopols from Dave. He is the only one I ever found that breeds them, so I introduced several other bloodlines to them and now have 6th generation minis I'm working with. So even that is far enough away from the original bloodlines that they can be used together in a breeding program if needed.
It's important, as he also mentioned, to find other breeders since each works towards their own lines. With a breed that's hard to find, you need the diversity from other breeders to help keep the breed going (as long as it doesn't offset your own breeding goals for you flock). Otherwise you have to rely on crossbreeding for a certain number of genetics to get the diversity, which can set your breeding flocks back many years. It's better and easier to simply switch with breeders who have the same goals
He won't find it if he doesn't ask! It doesn't take much. All he needs to start is 1 different line and he can use that for a few generations before looking for another genetic line.I understand how important genetic diversity is, I just don't think he's going to have a lot of luck finding it.
What did you cross with his mini Sebs (just out of curiosity)?