Ive heard people say not to breed brother to sister for genetic reasons but others say theyve done it with no problem. What are your thoughts on this? Please explain it so its easy to understand, im clueless about genetics haha.
Saladin: I have a pair of half roundhead half leiper that are throwbacks from the spangled roundheads that the roundhead side was originally created from. So the roundhead cock and the leiper hen were both and still are excellent birds so my question is should I breed the throw backs together and set them as family and do you think the offspring will be spangled like them?Brother sister matings should only be utilized when:
1. Setting a strain.
2. No other birds can be found.
3. The original parent birds were excellent.
Brother sister matings are very useful; however, you have to know what you are doing, what you are looking for and what you've started with. These are very important consideration.
Do you mind sharing what you are working with and why you are considering this type of mating? Also, how long you've been breeding chickens?