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Do I need a new rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by carbonfibrguy, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. carbonfibrguy

    carbonfibrguy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of Rhode Island Reds and an Americana rooster. I just had one of my hens hatch 18 chicks and my question is, can my Americana rooster breed with the new chicks once their grown or can a rooster from that group breed with a hen from the same group, or... do I need a new rooster?[​IMG]

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  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your Rooster will mate when its time. But average ages for hens to lay their first egg is 6 months. But he will mate her at a young age about 3 months. Its up to you if you want mixed breed chickens or purebred.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes, it is common that a rooster will mate his "daughters" once they are mature. Chickens have no social mores that cause them anything like a moral dilemma. The males of that flock of chicks will also mate with the females of that chick group as well.
     
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  4. carbonfibrguy

    carbonfibrguy Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just concerned about having three headed banjo playing chicks :)
     
  5. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just think of the money you'd make traveling with the carnivals and county fair circuits[​IMG]
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The inbreeding as a rule won't cause problems for a few generations, at least. If your base stock is relatively healthy, let them breed. If you have unthrifty birds or a high mortality rate, add new blood.
     
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  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Inbreeding is not at all uncommon. Most small farm families from the day this country was setled had flocks that inbred a lot, bringing in new blood occasionally but going for several chicken generations without bringing in any new blood. They raised a lot of families off those eggs and meat.

    What happens depends on the genetics of your chickens. It's possible your chickens have some bad trait that will come out if you inbreed them. Remember that because something is possible does not mean it will absolutely without a shadow of a doubt 100% of the time happen each and every time. Don't panic needlessly because something is possible.

    If you breed them and 100% of the chicks show a problem, you don't just need a new rooster, you need a totally new flock. That really does not happen often. If some of the chicks have a problem, don't allow those to breed. Don't fall into the trap that Crippled Henrietta is such a sweet chicken, I want her chicks. You really do need to be pretty ruthless about this if you see any problems or you will soon have a flock that has nothing but problems.

    Breeders have certain techniques to help avoid severe inbreeding problems, such as spiral breeding. A good breeder can go for a long long time without bringing in new blood. That's how every breed has been developed.

    For most of us that are not going to keep three separate flocks and set up breeding pens for specific rooster/hen matches, it is probably a pretty good idea to bring in a new rooster every four or five generations just to keep the genetic diversity up. Just watch your chickens. As long as they are healthy and productive, you are OK.
     
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