Do I need new genes?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mrs.Puff, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bunch of banties. Mixed up ones. A couple EE's, a Mille fluer d'uccle roo, a brahma hen, etc. And I have a second generation. So my first generation is from three different hens, and two roosters. Now I have one of the original roosters, and one second generation rooster, whose sire is the other original rooster. And I have 6 new hens. When should I introduce some new genetic material, or is it okay to just let the roos I have continue to breed with my hens, even though they're closely related? I was thinking of getting a few hatching eggs and sticking them under one of my broody hens this spring. Should I even worry about that?
     
  2. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    If your asking me if you should get more chickens then the answer is yes! of course my answer has nothing to do with your gene pool....we all just needmorechickens!

    HEHEHEhehehehe [​IMG]
    ~Rebecca
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I like to get new jeans...especially when the old ones get holes...oops wrong genes...[​IMG]...get more chickens just cuz they are new chickens!
     
  4. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] You guys are terrible. I don't want a whole bunch of new chickens, but I will get some hatching eggs from someone else if I need to.
     
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    You're fine with the gene pool you have now, I believe. Sounds like you have enough diversity that line-breeding shouldn't cause you any problems.

    BTW, I'm not an expert, I've just been reading up on this a lot.
    If you start to see defects, that's when you need to change things up. But I doubt you will see that.
     
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  6. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Lori- that's reassuring. [​IMG]
     
  7. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    No problem!
    From what I've read, breeding brother to sister for any length of time causes issues. But breeding son back to mother (or daughter to father) isn't a big deal, and is used to strengthen desirable traits. But if all your chickens come from different sources, then you have a pretty big gene pool to swim in!
     
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