Are my hatchery chicks related?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Peaches Lee, May 17, 2011.

  1. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I were to hatch out eggs from my chicks I got at TSC, would the chicks have deformities from too close genes? Are they related?
     
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Peaches Lee,

    Hatcheries usually have a lot of birds running together, so while they're all (in a sense) closely related, the chances of problems due to inbreeding between the ones you've bought are actually fairly small. Most often the eggs that have hatched come from a huge variety of hens and a much greater variety of roosters than with backyarders, who might have only one or two roosters on the go.

    cheers

    Erica
     
  3. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks very much. [​IMG]
     
  4. HennyPennyHenHouse

    HennyPennyHenHouse Out Of The Brooder

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    That was a great question, I wondered that myself. Thanks for asking and answering.
     

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