Rumpless sports

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by LAFreewayChickens, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. LAFreewayChickens

    LAFreewayChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a pullet that appears to be a rumpless genetic "sport". That is, she appears to be rumpless due to a genetic mutation, rather than a recessive trait.

    Or at least she is the only rumpless bird out of all the ones I've hatched. Nor have I heard from any buyers of my hatching eggs of any rumpless birds hatching.

    I did a little research and it I understand this can happen from time to time.

    My next question is, am I correct to understand that if she is truly rumpless, she should be carrying a gene that is dominant for rumplessness?

    If so, it would follow that one could start a rumpless breeding project with her and any rooster(s), rather than it making sense to breed her back to her father. (Since rumplessness is dominant and if her father was carrying it, he would be rumpless).
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    It would seem to depend on which type of rumplessness your girl has.
    If it is accidental it won't reproduce.
    If it is recessive from her parents (and they are not showing it because of modifying genes), your best bet to at least get some rumpless offspring is if you breed her back to her father (% depending on how many modifying genes they carry).
    If she has a new dominant mutation then she should produce it no matter who you breed her to.

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