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#116668 - 06/15/17 08:49 PM working on new breed
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Registered: 02/25/11
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I'm working on a new breed I've been planning for some years now, and finally starting. I know there are lots of posts with lots of links and will take a while to go thru, so if anyone has worked on a project like this, or has links/papers that are handy to share, I'd be very appreciated.
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#116669 - 06/16/17 07:54 AM Re: working on new breed [Re: 6Happiness]
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Not a new breed but the recreation of an old one. Some years ago I decided I was bored with experimental breeding and as I'm getting on a bit alighted upon Dominiques as a practical and productive breed with easily sexed chicks and attractive plumage. Trouble was that they are unobtainable in the UK.
So bought, bred and back crossed Barred Rocks, Australorps and Columbian Wyandottes. Now have a true breeding strain that are barred, rose combed and yellow legged which look like Dominiques.
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#116671 - 06/16/17 03:16 PM Re: working on new breed [Re: 6Happiness]
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Originally Posted By: 6Happiness
I'm working on a new breed I've been planning for some years now, and finally starting. I know there are lots of posts with lots of links and will take a while to go thru, so if anyone has worked on a project like this, or has links/papers that are handy to share, I'd be very appreciated.


It would be helpful to know what exactly you are attempting to create.
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#116672 - 06/16/17 04:11 PM Re: working on new breed [Re: Hen-Gen]
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Registered: 02/25/11
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Loc: IL, USA
very interesting. DO you call them Dominques once they have become true breeding and match the standard, or do you call them something else?

Do you have a website or thread on the forum that chronicles your development of the flock?
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#116673 - 06/16/17 04:34 PM Re: working on new breed [Re: 6Happiness]
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Here's a page on my site that has more information about the breed I am envisioning.
http://fithfath.com/farm/poultry/chickens/a-new-chicken-breed-for-the-city/
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#116674 - 06/17/17 01:36 AM Re: working on new breed [Re: 6Happiness]
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Interesting website. Essentially you want a large number of desirable traits amalgamated into one strain. Some, such as egg production or carcass quality should be easy to select for from existing breeds. Others, such as reduced crowing or diminished aggression may be more difficult.
I certainly wish you luck in your project and hope that you have a reasonable life expectancy as this is a long project.
In answer to your earlier query it is my opinion that if a strain of birds resemble a breed and breed true then they are that breed. So, yes, I do call my birds Dominiques even though they have no Dominique ancestry.
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#116675 - 06/17/17 01:52 AM Re: working on new breed [Re: Hen-Gen]
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Loc: UK
A guy in Suffolk created these little birds which are now a registered breed.
http://suffolkchequers.webs.com/ http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/SuffCheq/BRKSuffCheq.html




In my experience reducing aggression can be achieved quickly with section. Good luck with the crowing, I have never had an even vaguely quiet one to start with.






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#116676 - 06/17/17 04:33 PM Re: working on new breed [Re: Hen-Gen]
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Registered: 08/30/02
Posts: 2792
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: Hen-Gen
Not a new breed but the recreation of an old one. Some years ago I decided I was bored with experimental breeding and as I'm getting on a bit alighted upon Dominiques as a practical and productive breed with easily sexed chicks and attractive plumage. Trouble was that they are unobtainable in the UK.
So bought, bred and back crossed Barred Rocks, Australorps and Columbian Wyandottes. Now have a true breeding strain that are barred, rose combed and yellow legged which look like Dominiques.


Probably similar has happened multiple times in Australia when chicken imports were banned or uneconomical to do.

Why not do similar to the "Cotswold Legbar" developers, eg call them "Shetland Dominiques" or similar to highlight their ancestry or strain?

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#116677 - 06/17/17 06:45 PM Re: working on new breed [Re: Hen-Gen]
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Registered: 02/25/11
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Loc: IL, USA
Unless I get hit by a truck, i should have the time :-)

I already have roosters that get along peacefully and do not crow too much (they crow some, as described in the link, but it is quite reduced from the norm). The challenge of course will be to keep them this way while adding in the new genetics!
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