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brother roo, sister hen. a problem?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by maymay8, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. maymay8

    maymay8 In the Brooder

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    Hi all. This is my first post. I've searched through some posts about inbreeding but still am wondering if a brother roo can mate with sister hens (3 to be exact) and not have problems. They are crossbreed bantam silkies and cochins, so they aren't themselves inbread. But we just realized we have one rooster and three hens, age about 10-12 weeks. These are our first chickens and we are happy to keep our rooster, but we want to make sure there won't be problems with them mating. Any thoughts welcome. Thanks,
    Maggie
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Its not the problem you think it would be, however, breeding closely related birds will intensify traits, good or bad. After a few years, you want to bring in new blood.
     
  3. maymay8

    maymay8 In the Brooder

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    thanks for the reply. and thanks too for the link to NAISstinks - i'd never heard of NAIS and I love learning new things.
    m
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    You're welcome! [​IMG]
     
  5. normajean

    normajean Songster

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    NAIS does stink, and congrats on being new chicken-caretakers! Welcome to the flock.
     

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