Squirrel Tail genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Layira, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Layira

    Layira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know squirrel tail genetics? Like is it dominant or possessive and how does it translate into offspring? Is it easy to breed out? And at what age can you tell whether or not a chicken has it?

    A judge at a chicken show had made a note on the cage about squirrel tail on a few of my birds, but I wasn't disqualified from the show even though it says in the Standard of Perfection that in most breeds it's a disqualification. Was that because they didn't know for sure what angle it was? I've heard that specifically squirrel tail is a tail angle over 90 degrees, but I know for a fact that at least one of the birds in that instance does not have that high of a tail angle.
     
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  2. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hummm im interested in this too, anyone know?
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually, a squirrel tail coincides with a short back. Breed the roo to hens with longer backs. Same goes for short backed hens, breed to a roo with a nice long back and correct tail set. Works for me. [​IMG]
     
  4. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Squirrel tail is recessive.
     
  5. Erin~TheChickenLover

    Erin~TheChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't understand why everyone hates squirrel tails! [​IMG] I think my rooster's ST is adorable! [​IMG]
     
  6. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Erin~TheChickenLover :

    I don't understand why everyone hates squirrel tails! [​IMG] I think my rooster's ST is adorable! [​IMG]

    Its not that we "Hate them" but there a disqualification so its undesirable with the exception of japs​
     
  7. Layira

    Layira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okay, makes sense. Does it tend to show up again in later generations after the intial breeding to correct? Like how many times would you have to breed out for the trait to become less likely to show up? Or does it generally 'go away' pretty easily?

    Thanks minnesotachickenbreeder, good to know.
     

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