breeding siblings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PunkinPeep, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read a couple of older threads about inbreeding and linebreeding including this one, https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.phpid=224917&p=3 which was very helpful but doesn't directly answer my question.

    I want to know whether accepted "safe" breeding practices for chickens include breeding half siblings to one another. Is this asking for trouble?

    I really have no experience with breeding terminology, so please spell it out for me if you can.

    Does "line breeding" include only parents to children/grandchildren?
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Punkin, you shouldn`t have any problems with half siblings, unless they were really closely related before that mating. Even full blooded siblings will sometimes breed out to 5-6 generations with no defects, but as I said, many flocks are so closely related that you can`t get by with it. Try it and see whatcha get. If anything is outta sorts, look for a rooster from an unrelated flock.
    Ideally, you put father over daughters and granddaughters, etc. Then, sons over mom and grandsons over grandmother, etc. Take it out 5 generations, then pick the best cock from one side and put him over the best hen from the other family and start all over again. You can breed like this for a lifetime and never have defective birds. Hope this helps..........Pop
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Pop!

    That does help!
     
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a form of chicken math to solve this problem.

    Every season I add several new birds to my flock... new blood. Gives me an excuse to add birds that my husband doesn't object to. [​IMG]
     

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