Line breeding...

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Woodland Hen
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Line breeding...

Post by Woodland Hen » 14 Jun 2011, 22:26

Hi all,

any recomendations on a good book which talks in detail about different types of breeding? How close to go withy matings, how the keep records, when/ why you might need to out cross, develope your own line etc?

Very aware this year has been staright forward as it's year one with unrelated birds, but it's going to get more compleicated next year :grin: so want to be prepared.

Thank you!
Barred Plymouth Rocks, Silver Pencilled and Partridge Wyandottes, 24 cows, 10 sheep, 3 horses, a cat, a dog..........always knackered!

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Re: Line breeding...

Post by tweedy » 14 Jun 2011, 22:31

Linebreeding is an age old practice still used today by many breeders, find some old poultry books on ebay if not pm me.

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Re: Line breeding...

Post by Woodland Hen » 16 Jun 2011, 21:02

Thanks tweedy, looking at some old ones on there now. Will let you know if I din't find what I need.
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Re: Line breeding...

Post by Henwife » 17 Jun 2011, 07:00

You can start with father to daughter and mother to son and gradually increase the relationship gap. Record keeping is essential, as is culling of any 2nd class birds from the start.
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