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Quail interbreeding issues?

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Do quail have interbreeding issues if you breed the hatchlings from the same rooster, but different hens?  This could possibly happen when there is one male to 5-7 hens.  Do you folks find it best to hatch your own eggs or get a new batch from a professional breeder?  Has anyone had a problem with stock weakening or deformities d/t possible interbreeding?

 

Thank You,

SuseyQ

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I've been trying to find specifics on how to optimize breeding but have not had the greatest luck. There are a lot of factors: How many birds you start out with, How related they were in the first place, Which ones you pick to breed together and How long you keeping going until you add something new. I would think most backyard breeder don't bother with the details, let their bird breed to whoever(culling obvious weak one) then add a bird every few generations or until too much of the stock starts showing weakness.  You can even breed to semi related lines then when you need new blood use those birds(start with the same foundations but don't mix the line after that). Ever option has good and bad points about it.

 

Might help its for rabbits but the way you line breed seems to work same for most animals only different is when you add something new:

 

http://www.amysrabbitranch.com/Breeding/Lines.pdf

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Trying to learn everything about quail :D

Want to work on getting broody quail :S

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read the tatanka thread. Theyve been breeding the same stock with no new input for many years and they still experience normal fertility and have no visible physical defects. Coturnix will stand linebreeding or inbreeding very well if keep the number of sibling pairings to a minimum.
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