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Inbreeding question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Invision, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. Invision

    Invision Chirping

    Jul 24, 2014
    Washington, Kitsap County
    How close is too close to allow quail to mate?

    Is it just direct siblings or is there other match ups that would cause issues. I haven't bred any to sell just to eat but would like to get into shipping some eggs soon. I tried to look on here for a little while but didn't find a clear answer, if someone else knows of a post please post a link thanks!

    Edit: meant to say eat eggs, I've only hatched out purchased eggs.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2015
  2. Bryam

    Bryam Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Oh, no worries. They can inbreed for many generations.
  3. James the Bald

    James the Bald Songster

    Jan 6, 2013
    ... and by "many" generations, he means it. Here is a link to my my response to a post that asked a similar question last month.
    The study showed a vigorous breeding after 17 generations of "full sibling" breeding. I think any quail breeder should introduce "fresh" stock every 3 or 4 generations.

  4. Invision

    Invision Chirping

    Jul 24, 2014
    Washington, Kitsap County
    Well I have my original group that i will use for this years then I was figuring if I should order another 2 dozen to pair with the new chicks in spring. I think I get the gist of things now. Thanks for that link. looks like I just need to pay attention to my groups and check their chicks for defects. If they do, guess it's time to order a new group. :) Thanks again. I plan on a large run in the near future so there will probably be a few hundred birds in that.w

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