An Introduction to Color Forms of the Domestic Fowl

A Look at Color Varieties and How They Are Made

by Brian Reeder



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/13/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 96
ISBN : 9781425904210

About the Book

In this introduction to the genetics of color and pattern in the domestic fowl you will find a direct and straightforward method that allows anyone to understand the process through which the varieties of the domestic fowl are made. Beginning with a discussion of pigment distribution, then adding the genes which modify the melanin pigments or add patterns to it, an understanding of the “layers” that are implicit in any variety is revealed. The focus in this volume is the many standard color varieties of poultry and the aim is helping any breeder to understand the workings of these many varieties. The language of this book is designed for beginners to be able to easily understand the material.

About the Author

Brian Reeder is a well known writer of poultry articles in the United States. Having worked with poultry from his youngest years, he began serious research on Domestic Fowl genetics in his teens, setting up major test matings in his early twenties. These matings and collected data span a decade. Now, nearing his fourth decade of life, he is focusing on writing based upon his experiences and gathered data with the Domestic Fowl.


In addition to Domestic Fowl, Mr. Reeder also studies the genetics of Domestic Crucian Carp (goldfish), Colubrid snakes, and many other domestic animals and plants. For more information on his interests and to access his many articles, please visit his website at or