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Lost Generations - how long does it take ??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by John-1948, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. I have become so infatuated with the RHODEBARS !!!
    So I was wondering,,,,,, if you buy some Rhodebar eggs from the internet.....
    and the seller "claims" they are from such and such line .......... (Greenfire Farms, for example)

    how long - or how many generations does it take to loose the "true to breed" status
    to the point that the birds are not show quality - or, just loose the looks of the true breed ?

    Just wondering - before I spend a buncha money on eggs from 18th generation chickens
    that might (or might not) give me less that what I am looking for.

    any advice ?

    John
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If not selected well - one generation.
    After all, Rhodebars aren't really a breed. They're a cross.
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Search the Net, archive.org, Google Books, and hathidigitaltrust libraries for info on the breed. You may stumble
    across breeding advice, great when you are breeding a crossbred bird.
    Best,
    Karen in western PA, USA
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Great BYC threads for learning about sex-linked info and poultry in general

    Sex- linked Information -Tad Adkerson is a known genetics expert. Esp. in the field of plumage color.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information


    Color Genes Punnett Squares
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/73357/color-genes-punnett-squares


    Diagrams, poultry parts, charts, and lots of reading Updated Nov. 13th
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...s-charts-and-lots-of-reading-updated-nov-13th



    Best,
    Karen
    in western PA, USA
     
  5. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Rhodebars are not a Cross, but an stablished Autosexing Breed, you could say they are an Autosexing Rhode Island Reds, they are homozygous for all of their genes, they are as much of a breed as any other autosexing breed out there, like the Legbars
     
  6. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:its a True Breed but it has lost many of the Good Quality that once had when it started, back in the day they were just like Rhode Island Reds but with the Autosexing genes wildtype and Sex linked Barring... say if you want to improve them and want to breed them, I would Advise you to start a breeding program with good Quality Rhode Island Reds to re introduce the RIR type, body and production qualities to the Rhodebar autosexing breed
     
  7. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi John,
    Nicalandia really is an expert. if you get advice from nicalandia, you can take it to the bank. This is good stuff.
    Best,
    Karen
     

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