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Is it ok genetics wise, if your chickens mate with (their own "family")? For instance- if my rooster mates with one of the hens that is (technically) his daughter, will her chicks have problems? (Like any other species)

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Chickens are a pretty lenient species when it comes to inbreeding. There's even a specific type of breeding known as "line breeding" in which many generations of fowl are produced from just the same pair or family. Whenever inbreeding occurs, however, offspring must be culled ruthlessly for healthiness; anything that seems weak or off should be removed from the line.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Originally Posted by QueenMisha View Post

Chickens are a pretty lenient species when it comes to inbreeding. There's even a specific type of breeding known as "line breeding" in which many generations of fowl are produced from just the same pair or family. Whenever inbreeding occurs, however, offspring must be culled ruthlessly for healthiness; anything that seems weak or off should be removed from the line.

What if they are brother and sister?
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What if they are brother and sister?

Same as any other cross, most similar to parent X offspring in terms of how inbred they are. Of course the less closely related a bird is the lower the chance of any weak chicks, so something like aunt X nephew or cousin x cousin is less likely overall to cause issues. But even so issues are not extremely common in inbred fowl unless the breeder is careless and allows poor quality birds to continue reproducing, and in the first generation alone very few if any chicks will present with issues or weakness.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Same as any other cross, most similar to parent X offspring in terms of how inbred they are. Of course the less closely related a bird is the lower the chance of any weak chicks, so something like aunt X nephew or cousin x cousin is less likely overall to cause issues. But even so issues are not extremely common in inbred fowl unless the breeder is careless and allows poor quality birds to continue reproducing, and in the first generation alone very few if any chicks will present with issues or weakness.
 
Will the issues always be obvious? (deformed foot... bird with 2 heads, lol), things like that.
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Not in my experience, unless you'be been very careless for many generations. Most likely the chick will just seem sickly, small, and weak from the time it hatches.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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