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The population size needed to maintain a breed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by call ducks, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    This is an article that was written by Dr.Silversides for the Quebec Chantecler farmers, in restoring the breed to production ability's. - but this should be used for any heritage breed

    Quote: IMO: I would rather see fewer, larger flocks in each breed than many small flocks.
     
  2. poltroon

    poltroon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing that article. It is a good frame of reference to work with.

    Although breeds are relatively well categorized within that framework, varieties tend not to be. So even within a breed that might be relatively well off in "watch" status, individual varieties might be critically rare. I'm not aware that variety status is being tracked by anyone; perhaps some individual breed associations are watching it.
     

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