SAMPLE PRODUCTION PAGE OF
A RINGNECK DOVE 408Y NOW 26 YEARS OLD
Wilmer J. Miller
2 April 1999
408Y, peach pied silky, hatched 13 Feb 1973, has been noted in the pages of ADAN several times before. Her 26th birthday was 13 Feb 1999. She is still alive but showing her age. She may have arthritis since she doesn't like to move much. She cannot balance on my hand so well when she wing fans and may fall off if I am not careful. Her bill has hooked hawk-like (although not drastically) for a couple of years. However, the last few months it straighted out and has grown longish [29mm when 18-22mm is normal for the commisure length].
To recap for new readers: 408Y produced 221 living offspring all naturally raised during 18 years of continuous production in 3 different matings.
I have sent to Kathy Hildreth one of this dove's production pages to go with this introduction. This is the way I keep my records. I am not perfect so I missed the dates of egg laying much of the time, and the hatched date can be off by one day. This page is the sixth through the 24 letter alphabet (omitting the I and O) that was used by the Wisconsin Dove Colony in the University at Madison where I was a graduated student. Dr. W. F. Hollander also uses this scheme of mating/band numbers.
The gram weight, such as 152 grams for 436C6, is given for some at approximately 6 months of age. (By the way, this weight usually increases by about 20 grams in later life.) The tail length such as 12.2 cm (about 4 & 3/4 inches) also is given for some at that age (which is usually when I sex them as well). The peanut lectin reaction is given as P+. But since that is a genetic recessive, no direct test is needed since the parents are purebred for it.
The disposition is also noted. The band numbers in brackets were sold, traded, or donated to various persons. Yellow down was noted for 436M6. I have since made this a more often recorded research item to contrast with the normal tan down and white down. Other scribblings are blood types, or management notations. 436P6 for example was the 109th offspring of 408Y.
It might help to point out some of the genetic segregation. The male 428E (father) is segregating and assorting for dark versus blond and for pied versus normal (= wild type), and the female 408Y is segregating for silky (L). Thus, 436A6 offspring is blond pied rosy (= peach pied), while 436L6 is rosy silky. The parents are breeding true (pure) for rosy.
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