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genetics and breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicky1016, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok genetics wise, if your chickens mate with (their own "family")? For instance- if my rooster mates with one of the hens that is (technically) his daughter, will her chicks have problems? (Like any other species)
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Chickens are a pretty lenient species when it comes to inbreeding. There's even a specific type of breeding known as "line breeding" in which many generations of fowl are produced from just the same pair or family. Whenever inbreeding occurs, however, offspring must be culled ruthlessly for healthiness; anything that seems weak or off should be removed from the line.
     
  3. theatrain16

    theatrain16 Out Of The Brooder

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    What if they are brother and sister?
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Same as any other cross, most similar to parent X offspring in terms of how inbred they are. Of course the less closely related a bird is the lower the chance of any weak chicks, so something like aunt X nephew or cousin x cousin is less likely overall to cause issues. But even so issues are not extremely common in inbred fowl unless the breeder is careless and allows poor quality birds to continue reproducing, and in the first generation alone very few if any chicks will present with issues or weakness.
     
  5. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Not in my experience, unless you'be been very careless for many generations. Most likely the chick will just seem sickly, small, and weak from the time it hatches.
     

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