Inbreeding in chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Blackjack1392, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Blackjack1392

    Blackjack1392 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2013
    Jacksonville, Florida
    So I have 6 chickens that will hopfully turn into 5 hens and a roo. My question is, since they all came from the same batch of chicks (or I think they did) should I worried about inbreeding once they get older and he begins to fertilize the eggs? I know inbreeding in humans is bad so i was just wondering if the same applied to chickens? I have awhile to go before I actually need to worry about this, but I figured I would go ahead and ask now.
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    No I wouldn't worry. Inbreeding, even in humans, does not manifest for a number of generations. It is "icky" for people. But "line breeding" is a normal thing in the animal world. You can strengthen some traits by line breeding but you can also bring out bad traits.

    If you bought them from a small breeder then they are probably related. If you bought them from a hatchery, feed store, or large breeder, it is unlikely that they are literally full blooded.

    If you don't know for sure, you will want to introduce new blood in a few generations.
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Funny that this seems to be a popular topic today! I just answered this question upthread.

    Inbreeding is a very common breeding technique, and won't result in mentally deficient or deformed birds unless you have bad breeding stock to begin with.

    Here's a discussion of various breeding techniques.

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