Pigeon Genetics Project #2
The above two photos display an unique new Trait that has not previously been worked with by Geneticists . Photo #1 is the original blue barred Feral hen captured by Bob Rodgers. She was permitted to raise six youngsters by her captured Blue Checker mate , he did not have the trait.
Photo #2 is one of their sons ~ the trait is present but not as vibrant .There is a bronze-like colouration in the flights of these birds - Dr. Gibson published these photos in his Nov.2007 Newsletter . He thinks the red colouration depicts the presence of recessive red, not kite bronze.The terminal grayish tail tip is all but absent .
The overall appearance in flight resembles the wild C. rupestris including the dark shadowed areas of the upper tail which set off the white effects . It was originally thought that this trait was the result of a cross with C. rupestris , however that seems extremely unlikely.
The son was mated back to his dam and some of the offspring were homozygous for the tail marking trait , some heterozygous , and some did not display the trait at all. The next photos to come will show the homozygous state . Their homozygous son has been mated to a (Print) Grizzle/undergrizzle, Storked Feral hen , one chick in nest Mar.09 2008.
The tail band trait has also been started into Fantails where it promices to be quite attractive.
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