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#29377 - 08/06/09 09:24 AM Re: Brahma project
Anonymous
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Tim,

I kept the best from my first crop of backcross males (3/4 brahma) and combined them with the best F2 hens (1/2 brahma) from an unrelated cross. I generally retained a cockerel from each of these F3 matings and bred them to two either full-blood partridge or buff brahma hens. I backcrossed to full-blood brahmas another time or two, but generally that is what I did. Most of the color/pattern genes I am dealing with are dominant and I hatch a lot of chicks so this approach worked out quite well for me. If I were dealing with a recessive color like Lavender Id rely heavily on test mating.

Considering the state of the economy there could be no better time to infuse a bit of utility into our beauties. And considering the state of our culture when was the utility of beauty ever so apparent.

Dan

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#29378 - 08/07/09 08:24 AM Re: Brahma project
Marvin Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 11/23/06
Posts: 1991
Loc: Nicaragua
WOW....I know I am asking too much, but Dan P do you keep weight records on all of them? do you weight the chicks at hatch? and keep a weekly record on them?...

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#29379 - 08/07/09 12:09 PM Re: Brahma project
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Nicamarvin,

I dont keep many weight records _ weigh my adults though. I use a hands on grading system like the one used by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy for the buckeye project.

Here are a couple links to those PDFs:
http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/ALBCchicken_assessment-1.pdf
or
http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/ALBCchicken_assessment-2.pdf

Dan

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#29380 - 08/09/09 04:13 AM Re: Brahma project
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Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 1148
Loc: Australia
big medicine it was a light ckl over a dark indian. i am expecting the same colour results as i would for a sussex.

looking at dans photos i had better put a jubilee to the brahma too, i love those white laced birds.

what i am doing is half hearted as i have so many projects going. if a few pullets survive then good. so far i have found out that the brahma blood line i am putting in need a lot more care than everything else....the hawks have wiped out my first lot. perhaps it has something to do with their lovely quiet personality...must be dominant to the personality of my indian game and the shamo. even my pekins must have evolved with more hawk sense.

oh well the season has not quite started yet. see how we go and i will make sure i have heaps of photos.

k

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#29381 - 08/09/09 07:44 AM Re: Brahma project
Moo Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 04/29/05
Posts: 410
Loc: Washington
Looks great so far guys!

Tim, this is Michael, Nora's 'other kid'. We were at Johns and I think I saw some of your project birds, are they black and red with a flat comb?

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#29382 - 08/10/09 10:07 PM Re: Brahma project
Tim J. Offline
Feather

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 23
Loc: Washington
Michael,
Hello. I wondered if "Moo" was you. Yes those were some of the projects. Were the Sumatra bantam males still there?

Dan,
Thanks for the input I will look for a male this year. I am at the 3/4 stage also. I am dealing with the partridge pattern.
Thanks
Tim

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#29383 - 08/28/09 09:09 AM Re: Brahma project
Big Medicine Offline
Chicken

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 91
Loc: Ohio USA
Dan, we discussed earlier blue partridge, I thought I had the potential material to produce something close. Would these help you ? Need some work on the foot feathers on the cockerel.


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#29384 - 08/28/09 09:16 AM Re: Brahma project
Big Medicine Offline
Chicken

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 91
Loc: Ohio USA
Some of the young blue laced.


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#29385 - 08/28/09 09:18 AM Re: Brahma project
Big Medicine Offline
Chicken

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 91
Loc: Ohio USA
More of a blue laced buff color.

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#29386 - 08/28/09 09:24 AM Re: Brahma project
Big Medicine Offline
Chicken

Registered: 03/18/09
Posts: 91
Loc: Ohio USA
Not a very good shot, but I think this guy gives a little hint of a shot of sporting blood deep in his backround.

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