Can I breed brother and sister?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mikenandrea, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. mikenandrea

    mikenandrea Songster

    Jun 1, 2009
    Douglas, GA
    I am scratching my head with all this line breeding and inbreeding information. I am just not sure if I am suppose to ditch the brothers and get roo's from someone that I can breed my girls to. Can someone please enlighten me here? I want the purest flock possible...
  2. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    Yes you can breed bro to sis, although this will emphasize both positive & negative traits.

    Typically father to daughter or mother to son breeding will produce better results.
  3. Yes, you can breed brother & sister. Some folks go many generations with no defects, but 4-6 is doable at least. When you start to see defects, add some strange blood and start again with healthy birds. Of course, if you can find someone with good stock, you might be able to trade roos from time to time. PM me with any more questions you may have.......Pop
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree...
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you want to select for particular traits and improve on your flock, then you are best off using somewhat related birds -- it is ok to start with brother/sister if that's what you have available, but you will have to see how it goes. You may have smooth sailing for a good while, or you may run into problems (with fertility/hatchability as much as anything) in a generation or two, depending on the particular stock you're starting with.

    However if you are not really trying to "do" anything in particular with your flock, just sort of propagate it so you always have purty chickens in the yard, it is probably easier to start with fairly-well unrelated stock, like bring in an outside rooster. And possibly repeat the injection of an unrelated rooster every few generations. This will make it hard to select for desirable traits BUT will also make it much less likely that UNdesirable traits (deformities, severe lack of type, poor fertility/hatchability) will rear their ugly heads either.

    Good luck, have fun,

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  7. DuckBoy

    DuckBoy Songster

    Feb 14, 2010
    What if its same dad but different mom so they would be half brother or sister breeding togther
  8. Remember you're doubling up on chances that the dads traits, positive or negative, will show up. If dad is of good type and solid genetic health that can be a good thing. The mothers bring in outcross so it's a solid line breeding option.
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  9. teresa swan

    teresa swan Hatching

    Dec 12, 2012
    What a great question. I am do relieved to read that some of the things that worry me the most about my flock are not as bad as I thought

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