what if?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ~sammi'sbabys~, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. ~sammi'sbabys~

    ~sammi'sbabys~ New Egg

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    what if you have 1 pure breed roo and 1 pure breed hen of the same breed but different colors and they have chicks will the roos look more like the father roo or the mother or a mix of both when they grow up?[​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'm guessing a mixture of both. I'll be facing the same question come spring when my three colors of brahma hens are mated with my dark and light brahma roosters.
     
  3. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My limited understanding of genetics is that the hens will have more characteristics of the rooster and the roo offspring will have more characteristics of the hen, but as with all DNA mixing, you never can totally predict what you are going to get. I think with some breeds that if the colors do not match and are not true breeds then they are not considered "matching the standard." From what I have read, this is true of Ameracuana and Araucana. The colors and types must both match to have a bird matching the standard. I guess it depends on what you are breeding.
     
  4. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is only true for sexlinked traits like silver and gold and barring and such.
    All other traits are influenced in same manner by sire and dam.
     
  5. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    smith2 that is interesting. In my last shipped eggs hatch I threw in two mutt eggs (mix of purebred parents) from our little flock. The kids wanted to try for something mixed between two of our favorites. So I have a Speckled Sussex Roo X Cuckoo Marans hen. Of the two eggs and both hatched I believe we have one pullet and one young roo. The roo has cuckoo patterning coming in just now as he is much slower to feather. The little pullet has a bigger comb, but is feathering very fast and has a more hen tail set coming in. She is black with the speckled pattern. Neither of them appear to be very red like Daddy. Experimenting is fun! LOL

    edited because I can't type this morning. [​IMG]
     
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  6. likes2grill

    likes2grill Out Of The Brooder

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    you can have either or the some colors if thats what your looking for if your looking for a new breed then breed the roo and the hen and see the out comes then re-breed [​IMG]
     
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