How closely related can breeding birds be for healthy chicks?


Apr 20, 2020
This is my first year breeding and selling ducks. I have 8 hens and 2 drakes. We hatched out some ducklings to add to our flock, just sexed them and we have 9 girls. My initial plan was to add these girls and 1 boy to the flock bringing my numbers to 17 hens, 3 drakes. I know some breeders keep close lines when breeding for certain traits. My thoughts is that theres enough birds to keep some genetic diversity between them. Do you think this is a good idea or should I be looking to slaughter all my boys and start fresh? I want the flock to be self sustaining.
With chickens I just breeed daughter or son with mother or father and no problem you could add a few more after 3-4 generations of line breeding for diversity if you want. PS you can also breed sister and brother but it is less recommended
Thank you, I’m thinking with this many birds we might get one complete brother sister matchup but otherwise they will either be half related or not at all.

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