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I have never worked with a dominant lethal gene like reds or rumpwhites, so I have a question.

When bred together (i.e. red X red) some of the babies die in utero. So are the remaining babies bigger since they've had more resources in the womb?
 

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Nope, they are the same in my experience with rump whites. Although as a marked variety the rumpwhites may be generally producing slightly smaller babies anyway. I have seen a few litters of reds as well and I'm sure they were of average size.
 

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Id never really thought about it but it should in theory give the pinkies a bit of a boost although it doesnt seem to. Maybe the sytem of growing the babies in the uterus is less competative than the after birth fight for milk.
 

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Hmm...thanks you all. That's fascinating. What made me wonder is that I currently have 2 litters from sisters bred to their father in a very inbred line. One sister had 5 very large babies and one had 14 small babies. I figured in varieties that routinely have smaller litters the babies would be bigger, but I guess not. :p
 
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