svart hona - what percent of chicks are all black

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kaywould, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. kaywould

    kaywould Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2014
    South Carolina
    I haven't had mine too long. I hatched chicks and they have started laying and I've started hatching those chicks. I found one breeders website where they mentioned they get around 30% of chicks that are entirely black (no pink toes...). Granted I haven't had time to really cull chicks and selectively breed for all black but I'm getting no where near 30% that are all black. If I hatch 10 eggs then I might get 1 that is all black.

    Those of you more familiar with the fibromelanosis gene, is it worth trying to heavily cull chicks with any pink and only raise those that are all black or is it that no matter what I do, the gene has such a variable expression, that no matter how much I cull I will still get a significant portion of chicks with some pink toes?
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    It's worth it. I don't have svart hona but I DO have ayam cemanis. With heavy culling my percentage of all black chicks has increased a lot from when I first started. Just keep plugging away at it, and maybe get some stock from a breeder that is farther along than you to help you on your way.

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