Can you cross breed chicks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lilshadow, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that came from the same hen. This may sound really stupid, but can you cross breed chickens that are brother/sister, mother/son, father/dughter?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes you can, however, it intensifies both good and bad traits. If they are wonderful examples of the breed, then you may get some great birds from pairing them up.
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The down side is if they are bad to begin with you may wind up with a 2 headed, 3 winged chick. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, Dennis, I did say it intensifies the good and the bad traits. If they both share a fault, then breeding them may make it worse. And just be ready to cull those two headed, three-winged chicks. [​IMG]
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Or wait for the circus to come to town, and sell them to the freak show. [​IMG]
     
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:The down side is if they are bad to begin with you may wind up with a 2 headed, 3 winged chick. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    But you could name it after Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster from the Godzilla movie! [​IMG]
     
  7. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now ya'll are scaring me...[​IMG]
     
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Mother to son and Father to daughter is more recommended than sister to brother. As others have said, watch for bad traits as this will enforce it in the flock and the goal should be to breed away from bad traits.

    Jody
     
  9. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    As Jody said, a lot of breeders will breed sons and daughters back to mothers and fathers. This is called line breeding. However, breeding brother and sister is not really recommended.

    Very rarely does inbreeding cause mutations, contrary to popular belief. It can cause some health issues and may intensify some of the bad traits in a bird, but knowledgeable line breeding can be a wonderful thing in a breeding program. However, an accidental breeding between a brother and sister does not mean automatic death or mutation for the offspring. Typically, the offspring of such a breeding will be absolutely fine, but you may not want to continue breeding that specific animal because it's gene variation will be very limited.
     
  10. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you mean by bad traits? I have a banty that had chicks, I free range all of my chickens so it is a free for all out in the barn yard (not to be gross). When I do start breeding I will put like breeds together. RIR's, Wyandottes, EE's, Blue, Splash, Black Andalusians etc... Some of those are Bro/Sis because I hatched the eggs I bought. The banties are that much I know.
     

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