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Do chickens/ birds from the same nest breed together?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickenma, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Do chickens from the same nest mate?
    And do they get chicks?
    My DH and I have a discussion about his.
    Some help please? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    If you mean, do chickens with the same parents breed?

    Yes, it's done alot of the times to enhance a specific breed. Called line-breeding.
  3. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    yes they will mate

    & yes you will get chick i(if you let eggs hatch)
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Yep, you'll hear them out back clucking the words to "I'm My Own Grandpa". Chickens do not care if they're kissin' cousins or not, and their eggs ARE fertile.

    If it continues in successive generations, chickens from that union may have problems eventually, chicken generations are pretty short, not like humans where it's 15-20 years apart, a chicken generation can be a year apart! The first generation won't get too funky though, at least that's my observation, and sometimes you want it to some extent...

    BUT Maybe we need a thread about how we avoid it if we're not trying to line breed on purpose.

    My solution was to, cull my roos and trade one or two with friends to get new blood in, AND, to periodically buy or trade eggs for my broodies to hatch that were not at all related to my roo so he could stay around if I liked him.

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