Inter-breeding --- ???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chicken Ma, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Chicken Ma

    Chicken Ma In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    El Sobrante
    I now have two more roosters and two hens, though they still are babies. What I'm wondering, since I am new to this chicken stuff, is if I let my hens hatch out more eggs next spring, what happens if one of the roosters mates with a hen, who just happened to be his mother? Will the chicks be okay, or deformed, or something else wrong with them? I don't plan to hatch any more, but I know my grandkids will be bugging me for baby chicks!
  2. Griffox

    Griffox Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Harrodsburg, KY
    I've wondered about this too.
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I have heard that it is fine as long as it isn't a straight match, like full brother to full sister type of thing. It just makes the coloring and other characteristics 'stick'.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Parent child breedings is often referred to as line breeding. Inbreeding will bring out the good and bad. Diversity in genes is often the best for resistance and health reasons long term.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Yeah, I knew there was a word for it. [​IMG] They do the same with dogs, though not as close. They call it 'typing'.
  6. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Songster

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ellijay, GA
    So brother sister mating is really bad?
  7. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Generally Mother, Grandmother to son and visa versa is fine and is an established practice with many breeders.

    Brother to Sister should be avoided. I avoid problems by trying to add the hens I hatch to the flock and keep the rooster for 2 years. I then try to replace him with a non related rooster. I now have two different lines going so I can take a new rooster from a different pen and swap them out that way.

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