Changing Bloodlines

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dpilly, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. dpilly

    dpilly New Egg

    Jan 30, 2011
    [​IMG]I have a small flock of 24 free range hens. Last spring I introduced a Gold Laced Wyndotte Rooster with great success. Several hens were successful in reproducing new chickens. The roosters were butchered. Is it OK for the hens to reproduce with the same rooster or should I get another to discourage "inbreeding". I really like the rooster I have, is it possible to keep 2 roosters.I know the ratio is supposed to be 8-10 hens per rooster. Thanks! Deborah Pilukaitis
  2. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i don't see anything wrong with it... the inbreeding starts showing a couple of generations down... like 6-7 generations in... so you shouldn't be worried...

    edit: oh and welcome to BYC!!...
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You can keep the same roo for a few generations at least. I plan on doing the same and changing roosters out every four to five years. Course, I also bring in a few new chicks each year, cause some other breed catches my eye!

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