The problems and interesting facts about breeding poultry
is determined by the genetics of the parents and influenced by the environment in which the hen is kept
The genes involved are unlikely to be in a simple relationship but some basic principles can be seen. In old papers there is some evidence that the small egg is dominant - which means we have to work harder to keep good size in a flock and prevent degernation of a line.It is known that the size is sex linked - i.e. that the father is the most important determinant for the colour of the eggs in the next generation.
Therefore your cockerel/ drake is the most important bird in controlling and improving your egg size. Choose your breeding male from the best egg from your best layer or - if you are missing qualities spend time finding a good stock cockerel from another line to improve your stock.The other very important factor is yourself - you chose the eggs that are hatched - you control the quality of the next generation.
Every time you hatch (or if using broody hens allow to be hatched) chicks / ducklings that are from eggs that are not right for the breed - come from hens that are not productive - etc you are playing a part in the demise of utility strains in this country. The future of utility poultry lies in all our hands - every one of us
Haven't done the ducks yet - all information gratefully received
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Jill Bowis of Kintaline Poultry and Waterfowl Centre, Benderloch, OBAN Argyll PA37 1QS Scotland
for the utility poultry breeders everywhere
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