Originally Posted by cochinGurl
My question is what should I do from here? How best can I pair up their current and future offspring? I can get more birds from the same breeder that I got the hen from, but I don't have access to any more birds from the fathers line. Should I pair the offspring of my first pair to each other, or to new birds? Or pair the offspring of my first pair to each other and then pair their offspring to non siblings from the mothers line? Any advice is appreciated!
It is my experience you are best served to go with your own gut instincts and evaluate the results by trail and error.
In-breeding has been practiced with excellent results and should not be discouraged especially with any character trait you wish to pronounce.
One has to keep good records and identify the individual traits of each bird and try to select the best pairing that will produce the even more superior offspring.
Culling is another factor with serious breeders employ to great extent. Something tells me you are not cut from this cloth.
No matter which pairing you finally go with you still run the chance of getting a bird from the lower end of the gene pool.
Genetics is a very complicate endeavor with dominate and recessive traits. There are pigeon fanciers out there who have forgotten more on this subject then I will ever know.
Breeding has always been and always will be a roll of the dice gamble with no guarantees.
Wish I could be of more help I know this serves as little.
Edited by Hokum Coco - 11/12/15 at 3:16am