Breeding....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by eggdd, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've always thought (mainly because i've always been told) you shouldn't breed hatch mates. however, i read on here all the time where people get hatching eggs and then breed the chickens they hatch. is this because there was genetic differences in the parent stock? or have i been told/thinking in an incorrect way all this time? how are y'all keeping your specific breed flock going?
     
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing to think about.............

    When ordering hatching eggs, it is very probable that they are gathered from more than one hen.

    The father may be the same, but odds are relatively good that you will get different mother lines.



    Then again, I may be wrong.
     
  3. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's called linebreeding and inbreeding... it's a very valueable tool used in the breeding and management of almost every single truly successful breeder of any species of livestock, dog, or horse.
     
  4. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks. how is it done? like, what is the plan? does it impact the animal in any way - negative or positive?
     
  5. Warrprincess688

    Warrprincess688 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Line breeding is when you breed the father to the Daughter or the Mother to the son. Inbreeding is when you breed brother and sister. Line breeding is more popular and can bring out better colors and personalities
     
  6. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:hmm. so then people who are breeding chickens that have hatched from the same batch (let's say from shipped eggs for an example), are inbreeding?
     
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  7. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:only partially correct...

    linebreeding is when you concentrate the genetics of one particular individual, at no more than 50% in one single offspring's pedigree. By doing a half brother/ sister mating, grandson/ daughter, or any other kind of mating like this, that number will never get over 50%. Linebreeding is used to intensify 'positive' traits, and help expose negitive ones.

    Inbreeding is when you have one single animal in greater than 50% in that pedigree. instances like this require either a father/ daughter, or mother/ son mating. It's quite often that these matings have produced problems-- due to a more unnatural state of being. This is also refered to as incest...

    Why do you think it's illegal for humans to marry less than 2nd cousins? It's illegal to inbreed, but perfectly fine to linebreed... Linebreeding has been going on since the bible times, and I can quote several in there-- not htat I'm a bible beater.. It's in a very good book, I happen to have.

    For more on linebreeding, inbreeding, visit my website, listed below... on the homepage go to the thoughts link.
     
  8. DinosRBirds

    DinosRBirds Hunted by Moonlight

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    Quote:hmm. so then people who are breeding chickens that have hatched from the same batch (let's say from shipped eggs for an example), are inbreeding?

    not unless they came from the same mother which isnt that likely since hatcheries need new chicks to sell all the time ...... [​IMG]
     
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  9. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Linebreeding is a form of inbreeding. Though some folks give different definitions to the two words they are in truth interchangeable.

    Linebreeding normally refers to breeding back to a one quality bird (though it can be used differently): this is inbreeding any way you look at it.

    I prefer to inbreed but not as close as that. I like uncle x niece and cousin matings. It doesn't fix traits as quickly but it does allow for more genetic variance to be maintained within the strain.
     
  10. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:is that like saying, all apples are fruit;;; but all fruit is also all apples??
     

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