How many generations can safely be line-bred?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bluegiantsc, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. bluegiantsc

    bluegiantsc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2012
    York, SC
    I have blue jersey giants and I'm looking to get the lighter blue color variation. I have a blue-splashed white rooster and a black hen, so that should throw me the lighter blue in the chicks. She is brooding the eggs right now. The rooster and hen are not related. As far as I know the rooster and hen are from different parents that are not CLOSELY related.

    I know the color pairings to get the color I want. But my question is how many generations could I safely line-breed? It would be father to daughter.

    I don't plan on do this for a long time, I will eventually get either another rooster or another few hens.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I know there are folks on here who have closed flocks and line breed for over a decade. Key is starting with the very best stock. For the rest of us, who don't have the very best stock, you're generally good to line breed for 4-5 generations. You just have to cull heavily and keep an eye out for problems.

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