Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RROSA, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. RROSA

    RROSA Hatching

    Feb 25, 2008
    Is it ok for a father to fertilize his female chicks when they reach a good age? Or do you have to seperate them. Help!!!!
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    It's called line breeding and some people breed their birds like that, so I don't think it's a problem.

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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    And if you are really that concerned, just don't hatch out eggs from those breedings.
  4. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    They say you can breed father to daughter and mother to son. Most people don't think its a good idea to breed brother and sister though. [​IMG]
  5. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    I agree with peeps. It's the sibling breeding that you shouldn't do.
  6. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    i think it lowers certain immunities in the offspring because if the brother is immunodeficient to Mareks, and the sister has a strong immunities to Mareks, the sister's immunity is diluted by the brother's deficiency.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Linebreeding is an acceptable practice. Brother to sister is even okay, but be warned, it will, after a couple of generations, concentrate any less-than-wonderful traits as well as the good ones.

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