Seriously,...?

Mr. Ree

Songster
12 Years
Feb 7, 2007
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Whats the deal with everyone getting all genetic and "by the book" about breeding birds? It seems every time someone has a simple question about what a possible mix is here comes 1 or 9 people going through the genetics of what it could be or couldnt be and this that and the other?
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I understand genetics play a key role in alot of aspects of breeding birds, but just because the genetics say it should be this way or that, or its supposed to be this way because this book says so, doesnt mean thats the only way of learning something or doing something. Alot of members (including me) dont know alot about the genetics of anything, let alone how this chicken is a recessive lavender from 7 generations back and this one is lavender blah blah blah from 2 generations,....doesnt really make sense to me to try and confuse someone with that stuff.
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I just want to breed birds, enjoy it and talk to others who want to do the same, and swap stories and experiences of how what came from where and how they can do it too, not that you need a bird with this trait and that one to get this one, and then breed this one to that one over there and then back to the bird with this trait to get the bird your looking for.
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Just needed to vent about this. Thanks for looking.


~Casey
 
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Southernbelle

Gone Broody
12 Years
Mar 17, 2008
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Virginia
To be honest, I don't understand the genetics talk either, but if I was a serious breeder of quality birds, I would probably really appreciate all the knowledge they can give me.

I love my birds, but I'm not breeding to a standard or taking them to shows and I really enjoy hatching mixed-breds to see what kind of unique crosses I can come up with. I really enjoyed participating in this thread:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=405530
 

Olive Hill

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
4,203
135
253
They're giving a complete and accurate answer. Exactly the kind of answer I'm looking for when I pose a question.
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DuckLady

Administrator
BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
14 Years
Jan 11, 2007
35,484
12,090
1,031
NE Washington State
There are different degrees of breeding seriousness here which is great.

We appreciate that the hard core experts are willing to share their knowledge.
We also appreciate the fun crosses that are out there.

Just take what you need from it and do your own thing.
 

Criskin

Lost somewhere in a book
10 Years
May 19, 2009
653
13
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The cabin beside the lake
I've noticed that no matter what the subject, you'll find people who take a bit too much of their self identify from feeling their knowledge is superior. It's an odd form of snobbery. I like to take what information I can, ignore the rest, and thank everyone for their help!
 

redhen

Kiss My Grits...
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 19, 2008
35,106
196
458
Western MA
I dont know anything about genetics either.. and dont care to know..
BUT.. If someone wanted to teach me some things about it..i wouldnt be upset with them..
I'd tell them Thank You for the information!
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