Can you breed a brother to his sisters?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wsdareme, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, this is probably a VERY stupid question. I have seven Black Copper Marans eggs in my incubator. I am hoping for a roo and some hens. My friend has a BCM roo and says he's very friendly and gentle. My question is, can a roo be safely bred to his sisters? I have raised horses for years, and that's an absolute no-no unless you want serious genetic problems. But, are chickens different? I also have 12 assorted brown egg layers that are currently 3 weeks old, and I know the BCM roo will be fine for them. But I'd like to get some purebred BCM eggs and chicks.... [​IMG]
     
  2. Bawk Vader

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    I have seen it done in different breeds to keep certain strong or good genetic traits. I'm not an expert, but I'd imagine that if you have a less than high quality bird, you'll only pass on less desired genetics.
     
  3. dakotasnake

    dakotasnake Out Of The Brooder

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    i would;nt do it. along with some desireable traits there is the possibility of very bad traits. for instints did you ever see the movie ' Deliverance ' ? altho a banjo playen chicken would be interesting
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the genetic diversity of the parents of these birds. If they were unrelated, you can probably breed brother to sister with no problems. I just did that myself this year, but the parents of my birds were completely unrelated, even to the point of being different breeds. I won't continue inbreeding, though, because if you keep doing this you will get problems at some point: low hatch rates, chicks that fail to thrive, etc.

    If there already has been inbreeding in the genetics of these birds, you do take a risk to continue it.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

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  6. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for that link -- that is great information. I feel better now that what I'm wanting to do is okay! [​IMG]
     
  7. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two BCM roosters myself, they are both VERY friendly birds, absolutely no aggressive issues with them. My larger one got out and slept in the trees for a night, the next morning he came down and followed my dad around [​IMG]

    Will you be looking to sell the chicks and/or eggs, or adult birds from the related parents? If so I would seriously consider investing in an unrelated rooster. If you sell a batch of eggs from a brother/sister pair, then the buyer hatches those eggs and keeps those too as breeding/laying stock, they may end up with unhealthy, or less-than ideal chicks.

    If your looking just to sell eating eggs, then of course that isn't really a problem. If you'd like to hatch some out yourself, I'd still be careful.


    I would look around once your chicks hatch and are sexed if theres anyone looking for new blood to add to their flock. You might actually be able to swap a cockerel for a cockerel. That way you'd have completely new blood and no worries [​IMG]
     
  8. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh my! after the day i've had that was a very much needed laugh!
     
  9. roverjohn

    roverjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just looked and the OP in not in Arkansas so it's not OK.
     
  10. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You've got me rolling on that one!
     

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