Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Indigosands, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Indigosands

    Indigosands Songster

    Apr 9, 2012
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Apparently I've spoken the dreaded "EE" word again. Lord knows they're not "real" chickens here. Place the scarlet letter upon me. [​IMG]

    I have EE's, but many are clean faced. I would prefer bearded in my flock and I'm trying to breed back toward that. The rooster I chose to keep originally is unfortunately clean faced. I decided to breed him to two unrelated hens that ARE bearded to see what kind of outcome I'd get. Out of 5 chicks hatched, only one was bearded and it's male. The son has a thicker beard than the mothers. If I take his son and breed him back to the bearded hens, what percentage of bearded offspring could I expect? Also, is it possible to breed the clean faced gene out of a flock almost completely or will there always be a percentage that will be clean faced?
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013

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