Teaching a lesson on Genetics, would like some advice...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by picklezoet, May 13, 2009.

  1. picklezoet

    picklezoet Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2008
    Washington, NH
    Hi everyone,
    So, I'm a science teacher and I will be teaching a unit on genetics, traits and heredity. I got an idea to hatch some cross breed eggs in my class while talking to my coworker (and fellow chicken nut).
    Does anyone have any advice about possible breed crosses that could show a good variation in traits? Has anyone else done this before?

    Thanks [​IMG]
  2. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    sounds like a great idea...
    I wish my science teacher would get her nose out of the science book and do something fun once in a while!
  3. cat123

    cat123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    South Ga
    You can take a nekked neck with a silkie and come up with a showgirl-

    those are cute and they really show a difference.
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    That would be a cool cross, but I thought Generation 1 was normal feathered.
    I really dont know, but it is a great experiment!
  5. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Any thing crossed with a Naked Neck should theoritically show the NN gene, It is a dominant trait. I also believe the feather footed gene is the same. So possicly a NN/cochin [​IMG] It could be a fun experiment. [​IMG]
  6. picklezoet

    picklezoet Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2008
    Washington, NH
    These are great suggestions so far!


    Are there any examples of possible recessive traits that pop up where you have offspring that don't look like either parent (like an albino bunny or a blue silver fox rabbit)

    I'm getting even more excited just coming up with a plan for this lesson. LOL

    And I get to have an excuse to bring home more chickens... my hubby will love me... [​IMG]
  7. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Quote:Well sure.....but since they're recessive, you'd have to know in advance that your parent birds are carrying those genes.

    For instance, recessive white can be quite a surprise when it pops up in a chick. [​IMG]
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I have a friend who does this with her students each year. She allows them to select which of her flock to pair together, they make predictions on the outcome and then they hatch the eggs.

    What age are your students?

    You could do some sex-link crossings.
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  9. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
    Does your classroom have computers?

    Maybe you can play around with some genetic calculators... [​IMG]

    Most purebreed crosses have a uniform outcome.
    Things like blue and frizzle have more variation.
    You don't want those kids to get bored.
  10. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Quote:If the naked neck gene is dominant, then a bird with a naked neck might have one dominant and one recessive naked neck gene, either of which it could pass on to an offspring. So, the trait would not necessarily be present in the offspring.
    Last edited: May 14, 2009

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