?'s Breeding-Genetics--favorite references-books-threads

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Midwest Lizabeth, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Midwest Lizabeth

    Midwest Lizabeth Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    What quality books would you recommend to be able to learn about chicken genetics & breeding chickens? I'd like some suggestions on quality books for someone that can explain the basics without being "dry" textbooks. I thought the APA would have some, but they don't have any listed on their website. I'd like to learn the basics so that I can understand what's written in the various posts.

    I found the reference to the calculator, but lack the knowledge to use it. There was a thread about turkey "genetics 101" that was helpful. I was unable to locate a thread that was specific to chickens. If there is a thread about "chicken genetics 101", I missed it and would appreciate it if someone could guide me to it. If there isn't one, it would be great if someone has the time to educate some us of newbies.

    Thank all of you for your assistance. ([​IMG] This is an amazing website!)
  2. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
  3. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
  4. Ozchicken

    Ozchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Queensland, Australia
    The best book, but pretty heavy going. I have found that I only understand and remember that genetics of what I'm breeding at that time. Perhaps a little more, but too much genetics information brings on cognitive overload for me. I would decide what you are going to focus on and then go from there.

    I would recommend The Genetics of Chicken Colours as a starting point. It's got lots of pictures to illustrate what's being spoken about. http://www.chickencolours.com/pagina3.html
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  5. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    Pick out a breed and variety to work with. Then learn the genetics of the breed and variety. Chicken genetics is complicated. Good luck.

    Post questions on this forum and I or another member will answer your questions. If you feel uncomfortable posting questions on the forum-you can PM me.

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  6. pastorwalt

    pastorwalt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
  7. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
  8. Midwest Lizabeth

    Midwest Lizabeth Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    Thank you all very much! This ought to more than keep me entertained this fall/winter. It's going to be difficult to decide which breed to focus on. I think it will be Ameraucana's. . . .but all the breeds all so interesting. We've got way too many roos (imagine that:)! We do have several white crested black polish (with one roo), cochins, a brahma girl, and other unusual ornamental egg layers (from McMurray). Many of our Ameraucana's are blues. I think I read somewhere on this site that most commercial hatcheries do not offer blues (from Chick Hatchery), so if they are hard to get that may be the direction that we decide to take. We'll have to see how this winter goes and how the different girls lay. We're still in hobby mode, need to educate ourselves and decide if/what we want to focus on with chickens. Thanks again for all the resources! Liz

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