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
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    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

    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.
     
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  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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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