Crossbreeding idea

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alexbreeze
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Crossbreeding idea

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Recently I have been looking into ways of creating an ornamental bird of exceptional size. Two of the potential methods I have thought of would be to cross an English Pouter and a Giant Runt or Show King. The goal would be to produce a bird with the English Pouters large height especially in long legs (16 inches for larger cock birds) with the stocky heavy frame of the Giant Runt or show kings. Would line breeding or inbreeding a cross between these two produce this result?
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It would be a long project, it can definitely work but expect to be putting at least 10 years into the project to get exactly what you want and have them "breeding true".
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In terms of the type goals the priority is to produce a bird with the broad frame and long head of the Giant Runt with the proportionally longer legs, neck and beaks of the English Pouter. I've heard some rumors that the mother has more control over type. Is there any evidence of this, and if so which breed would you recommend for the parents. Would the desired traits show in the f2s and f2s, or after that?
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As far as I know there isn't any sex linkage in regards to body type.

You might get something similar to what you're after in the early generations, the harder part will be getting them to "breed true", as there will be a lot of heterozygosity in the genepool of the early generations.
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