Inbreeding!?!?!?

Harry1

Hatching
7 Years
Oct 18, 2012
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I have australorpes bought as chicks i have a couple of roosters (for Now )and four hens I like the breed and the eggs they produce and wanted to hatch some eggs to make more hens but does it matter that the roo and the hens are probably bro and sis ???
 

mstricer

Crowing
12 Years
Feb 12, 2009
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I don't think you will have a problem.
 

chasinglights27

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 20, 2011
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Most likely the chicks came from a Chicken Farm, meaning the Hatchery has about a dozen roosters and 50 hens. So the chance of them being related is 25:1
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Plus if they were, you can breed Sisters & Brothers, I do it breed them for 5 generation at the most before introducing new blood.
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Good Luck with Hatching Eggs!!!
 

sunnyvera

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Sep 4, 2010
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I agree with the previous poster - you will be just fine. I have read somewhere you can do 3 generations of breeding back to relatives before it is a good idea to bring in some new blood. Those chickens are probably not related at all.
 

20736

Songster
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Jun 6, 2012
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Assuming that both chickens have characteristics you wish to pass to future generations, then it is OK. However, continuous line breeding can lead to lower fertility and other problems. Just be aware of the need to out breed in a couple generations. But if you just want more chix that are like the ones you have now, and you don't plan a continuous breeding cycle, then yeah, you're OK.
 

NYREDS

Crowing
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Jan 14, 2008
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I bred a line of SC RI Red Bantams for 25 years w/o adding any "new Blood". If I hadn't decided to get rid of them I'd still be breeding them w/o any changes. I started with 2 pair from the same source. WIth good record keeping & an understanding of breeding principles you van breed a strain of birds indefinately. The notion that you need to add "new blood" every 2 or 3 years is just wrong.
 

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