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 Post subject: Re: Breeding question
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:10 am 
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I asked this question some time ago - apparently is it almost impossible to get both good hackles with the correct markings and tail feathers with no white.
My understanding is that you have to just select and hope for the best compromise.
If any one knows how to do it, I'm listening too.


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 Post subject: Re: Breeding question
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:30 pm 
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Welcome to the forum, Gordon,
I don't know the answer to your question, but am happy to share a quote, which mirrors Sue55's statement. The quote is from Peter Smith's book The Sussex in the Doyens of Poultry series: ".... almost all Sussex display tail coverts with a white margin. This is especially prevalent in the females and even makes them particularly attractive. The problem, should you choose to try to eliminate this entirely from your strain, is that the margins in the neck hackles tend to break up with the removal of the margins in the coverts. The important issue is not to be distracted from the essential Sussex type: broad, deep and long with a flat back."

Interestingly, though my coronation Sussex lack some of the essential features, the markings on tail and hackles are quite good. This leads me to wonder if mixing an alternative colour with the "correct" pattern and then breeding back to return to your desired colour might work. My experience at breeding is minimal, so I'm reflecting a novice's best guess, without authority.

Looking forward to seeing suggestions from people that actually know!!!!


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