Inbreeding ?!?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Miz Mary, May 19, 2011.

  1. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :rolleyes:ok, silly question , maybe ....... If I have 1 Roo in a flock , and he fathers a batch of chicks, can I put the new hens back in the pen with Daddy or will that be inbreeding ?!?! [​IMG]
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Chickens aren't like mammals.

    You can inbreed something like 25 times before they start to have problems. I am not sure what the exact number is, but it is pretty large.
     
  3. NormansGal44

    NormansGal44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering the same thing. We had Cockatiels growing up and they inbred to the point that some babies would randomly die (they were a couple months old) and I had one who would constantly scream. [​IMG] I wasn't sure if chicken genetics were that close...especially since some of ours are all from the same hatchery! [​IMG]
     
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