Question about breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Derek, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Derek

    Derek New Egg

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    Just wondering, if I have a high quality rooster can I get decent chicks if I breed with lower quality hens? I only have a few nice ones but I have access to more hens of lesser quality. They are silver laced wyandotte's
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Depends on how much and what type of "quality" we're talking here. It all boils down to genetics and just what traits we're dealing with.

    So for example if I have a decent Wyandotte, not great but better than most hatchery stock, and a bunch of pinch-tailed, poorly laced, underweight hens. . . I'm not going to go too far.

    But if I have a great male over some okay females, like for example what some BLRW stock looks like out there, I may likely improve those girls. Perhaps they need shorter backs, and he's got the stuff.
     

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