My Project Breed Plan

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MokiYoki, Nov 5, 2017.

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  1. MokiYoki

    MokiYoki Chirping

    Oct 4, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    I think I'll call them Blue Spot Chickens.
    I'm intending for them to be extended black silver based with charcoal and other melanizers. I also want to have both mottling and leaky heterozygous dominant white breeding true (aka all 3 colours look good even in a mixed flock) along side the solid blacks. (part of why I'll call them blue spots)
    The main reason for the name however is that I wish to develop a large blue earlobe by combining the genetics of Silkies, Minorcas and White Face Spanish.
    I believe that by using the Spanish I can quickly enhance the earlobe size and later use the Minorca to help me fix the typing.
    Ultimately I'd like a black and white chicken with a nice large egg shaped blue earlobe that lays blue eggs (cream legbar) has black skin and a large black single comb, silkie feathers, beard/muff, and feathered feet.
    If anyone is curious I attached an art in progress of what a mottled hen should look like more or less. Id love to have feedback on maybe background genetics I should use to make the look standard (like the occasional barring floating around in the background wouldnt be great). I've already got some thoughts on introducing the blue egg gene down the line. I figure I'll preserve pea comb in my initial crosses so that I can use the linkage between pea combs and blue eggs to give me a good guess on who has blue eggs and who does not before they even lay an egg or even if they cant lay.
    I will try to edit this post later for clarity I'm not in my right head at the moment but if I was I probably wouldnt be posting! bhjkbj.PNG
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  2. Rickba

    Rickba Songster

    Apr 28, 2017
    That's a cool looking chicken. I wouldn't mind having a few of them. Once the Fosters wears off your head will clear up. :celebrate
  3. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

    Nov 17, 2016
    Hope you're young. That sounds like a 30 or 40 year project at least.
    I'm curious about how you're going to breed true for heterozygous white? You'll be throwing out half the chicks automatically or you'd have to maintain homozygous whites to breed to blacks.
    I'd skip the dominate white all together since your pic looks mottled black. Heterozygous dominate white is going to be almost all white instead of mostly black.
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  4. MokiYoki

    MokiYoki Chirping

    Oct 4, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Heterozygous dominant white is what good paint silkies are. Im looking to make the paint colour basically but have the "black paints" which are normally seen as waste, be beautiful in their own right. Saying that I want them breeding true for heterozygous white is probably the wrong word. But what I mean is that I intend it to be a breed you can cross the different colours of and have all resulting offspring have good typing for their colour. No leaky blacks, all mottling being consistant small white spots, and the paints (heterozygous whites) having an evenly coloured reasonably white base with nice big spots. I think I can do it as long as the background genes are consistant in the line. No hidden mahogany genes, or what not.
    And im still in my mid 20s so yeah ive got time :) maybe once im old Ill have something decent to pass to my kids!
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