Eye color of gamefowl as bases for breeding

The breeding of gamefowl is very challenging since there are many things to consider when starting up breeding gamefowl. As far as I know the things to be considered when breeding gamefowl are the foundation bloodline should have a good quality. A winning bloodline and it is come from a well-known breeder. The brood cock should be pure not a battle cross, if it is a battle cross it should be a multiple winner in bigtime derby. The brood cock is high in station, good body formation and better bone structure. For the brood hen the characteristics should be high station, good body formation and both brood cock and brood hen should be in good health. One thing that I am confused is about the eye color of brood cock or brood hen to be chosen.

According to some breeder they prefer to choose the gamefowl that has red eye because it can see clearly then a gamefowl with dark eye especially during night. As we all know that all big time derbies are usually held during night time, so they prefer to breed the red eye gamefowl than the dark eyes.

There are also game fowl that has a light yellow eye, according to some breeder game fowl with light colored eye cannot see very well especially if there is a light example fluorescent light. During big time derby lights are always shinning in the cock pit.

My question is what eye color should be choose or should be considered when choosing a breeding material? I do some research and I found out that more game fowl breeder prefer to choose the game fowl with a red eye because a game fowl with a red eye can see very well during day time, night time and even if there is a light.

How to maintain gamefowl bloodline

Battle cross is only a product of cross breeding the original or pure blood line. For example a game fowl breeder has a pure Lemon brood cock and a pure boston roundhead brood hen cross breeding the two will produce a 50% lemon and 50% battle cross. Pure game fowl bloodline need to be maintain or preserve. Original breeding material should be keep for the future breeding. This article will short ideas on how you are going to maintain or preserve a gamefowl bloodline.

The traditional way of maintaining or preserving a gamefowl blood line is by in-breeding. For example line-breeding. It is where the pullets is breed back to her father or the stag is breed back to his mother. After having a pullet from that breeding breed back again to her grand father(the original brood cock) or the stag is breed back again to is grand mother and so on…

Another is to breed sister and brother. Some gamefowl breeder do this in order to preserve their original gamefowl blood line. The line breeding is also a good breeding method to be used in order to maintain a gamefowl bloodline. IN my case I maintain my gamefowl bloodline by mating half brother and half siter. In this method I choose my best broodcock then breed to different hen. For example my broodcock is Lemon I single mate it with the roundhead hen, then I also single mate my lemon broodcock to my Dink sweater hen. And finally I choose a stag from lemon x roundhead and I also choose I pullet from lemon x dink sweater. To maintain my lemon bloodline I breed the lemon roundhead stag to a lemon x dink sweater pullets. With that I make a selection to the pullets and stags coming from the breeding of lemon roundhead and lemon dink sweater and make it as my new lemon stock.