Goal: NorthWoods Winteren
In northern climates, to say it's a struggle to get things grown and harvested in a very short period of time is an understatement. In Minnesota, we have very 'obvious' seasons. One of them being the most prominent - harsh, cold winters and very short days. So, it becomes a race to get as much done during the favorable weather as possible. Gardening, cutting hay, taking care of crops
But in all that hurry, it's also very important to stop, unwind, and enjoy that precious, limited time. I, for one, certainly don't want to add to that long list of summertime activities, whether it be work, leisure, or family-related. And due to the state of food supply and demand, I wanted to come up with an all-around "northern bird" that takes a very hands-off approach to raising.
Through extensive research, comparisons, and trial and error, it was my mission to check off several different criteria to ensure this bird would meet the demands of such a need.
This is a dual purpose bird that is (especially) winter hardy and fares well in hot conditions (if provided shade, cool water, cool earth for burrowing). This is an excellent forager and will thrive It has good gain and is ready for processing at 16-20 weeks of age.
good gain and carcass quality, good egg production even during winter, very little hands on bird golden brown/brown egg layer, (primarily) cold and somewhat heat hardy, good forager. Over winter well. Is not prone to health issues like the cornish cross. These birds have smaller combs and wattles, making them less prone to frost bite, dense feathering to help with the cold. Partridge coloring meant as camoflauge. This breed is NOT meant for heat/hot climates.
My inspiration behind the development of this breed came from another farmstead who had also developed their own specialty meat bird. After much success raising the 'American' Bresse, I decided that
The rose comb gene is totally dominant. It will act the same whether you have one copy or two at that gene pair. But the Pea comb gene is only partially dominant. If you have two Pea genes at that gene pair, you get the full effects. But if you have one Pea and one not-Pea, it is only partially dominant. You’ll still see the effects, but it will not look like a pure Pea comb. Since your chickens appear to be show chickens, I would expect they will be pure for that Pea gene and you won’t have this additional complication to deal with.
For symbols, consider upper case R to be the dominant rose gene and lower case r to be the non-dominant not-rose gene. Same for the pea comb, upper case P is dominant pea and loser case p is non-dominant not-pea.
If you have a dominant Pea comb and no rose comb gene, you get a Pea comb.
P,P + r,r or
If you have a dominant Rose comb and no pea comb gene, you have a Rose comb.
p,p + R,R or
p,p + R,r
If you have both a Pea and a Rose, you have a Walnut or Cushion comb.
P, P + R,R
P,p + R,R
P,P + R,r or
P,p + R,r
If you have no Pea and no Rose you get a Single comb.
p,p + r,r
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