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New "what if" genetics question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Buster, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    What if I put a Black Orpington rooster over my Speckled Sussex hens? Any guesses on what this would look like or what genes are dominant? Also, the other way around- SS roo over a black orp hen- would it make a difference?
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I am not sure... but since your black chickens will most likely (unless they have some crazy recessive genes) lack any of the genes necessary to make the pattern come out, I think you will get Black. Either way you do it. But if you breed the offspring back to the patterened parent, you should get some interesting stuff [​IMG] But, I am just still learning how all of this works.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I'm thinking black chickens with lots of red in the hackle areas. I asked a similar question of a genetics guy awhile back myself when my SS pullet was in with my Black Ameraucana cockerel. The roo over the hen making a difference I'm not sure of.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:My guess is mostly black with some red showing through, at least that is what you get with Buckeye/Australops
  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Very interesting. Thanks. I have a lot of thinking to do........
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It is the next generation after the orginal breeding that when bred back that should show some color. This is why it is time consuming and a slow road to introduce new colors.
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:That is true and that's what I'm looking to do. Would you suggest line breeding them or breeding siblings? Doing this will give DW a great layer flock I imagine. The SS and the orps are some of our best layers. [​IMG]
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Line breed until you get it established is what I would do. Breed back the best only.
  9. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Thanks. I have a new question now. It's OFF TOPIC so I'll make a new post! [​IMG]

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