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#1 2012-04-16 04:32:29

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Marraduna and Gorria hens in the same flock?

So if one wanted to concentrate on the Marradunas would you leave a Gorria type hen in the breeding pen? I have a beautiful dark red hen with lovely yellow legs, would she help improve feather color if I breed her with a Marraduna roo (white legs) or would it be better not to have her in the group? I hope I don't embarrass myself with this question :oops:

XOX Monika

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#2 2012-04-16 09:34:33

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
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Re: Marraduna and Gorria hens in the same flock?

There would be no harm in having a gorria hen in your marraduna breeding pen.  To my knowledge the sex linked barring gene is the only difference.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#3 2012-04-16 11:31:17

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 3159

Re: Marraduna and Gorria hens in the same flock?

I agree with gubi, only difference is the barring as far as i can figure out.

Keep in mind any sons from her you use for breeding will hide an unbarred allele so you will get some gorria popping up in future generations. As long as you don't mind some gorria in your flock it won't hurt anything.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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