Three line spiral breeding program...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Darling Farms, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Darling Farms

    Darling Farms Chirping

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hello BYC Breeders!

    We are thinking about changing our breeding program and have been doing some research on different plans.

    Of all of them we are thinking that a three line spiral will work best for our farm.

    Does anyone currently use this style of breeding? If so do you have any thoughts on it?

    Here is an article on it... thank you Pathfinders Farm for writing it...

    breed lack and lavender silkies and our plan is to take the next five to six seasons and breed just the blacks together in a three line spiral. After we have strengthened this line then incorporate the lavenders into the blacks.

    I am also curious to hear from breeders that use a strict breeding program other than this on on how yours works and the pros and cons of it.

    How do YOU keep track of your breeding plans?

    We have mapped out a chart... it is rather long... but I would be interested in some feedback from others who may be interested in wading through it... good luck! Im not sure of the best way to post a WORD document to the thread.

    Thank You.
    ~Darling Farms

  2. Darling Farms

    Darling Farms Chirping

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hello again~

    We are still looking to talk with breeders about their spiral breeding program.

    It seems from what I've read this is what a lot of heritage breeders do.

    Darling Farms
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Sounds like a fancy name for Rotational Line Breeding to me.
    You may want to talk to Robert Blosl, he is here on BYC and more or less perfected the art of Rotational Line Breeding.
    Here is a link to Robert's (Bob) web page on Rotational Line Breeding-
    I hope this helps you,

    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011
  4. Darling Farms

    Darling Farms Chirping

    Sep 22, 2010

    Yes I have studied Roberts site and the heritage thread. I was thinking that this was basically the same thing with a different name.

    I will contact Bob to ask some questions. Specifically, I am looking to improve one breed and introduce another color to improve type on the existing color. My new plan will take about 11 years! I am hoping to talk to others to see if I am way off base or if it will really take that long. I'm ok if it does... Just want to make sure I'm not making any gross errors.

    Thanks again.
  5. littlecritters

    littlecritters Songster

    May 2, 2012
    New York
    I have been reading about various breeding approaches and am wondering if you implemented a spiral breeding program? if so, has it been successful for you? My daughter and I are hoping to breed our pure black silkies and are considering this approach. Any feedback that you and others who have used this approach can provide to us will be appreciated.

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