line breeding turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Cody Walker, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. Cody Walker

    Cody Walker Chillin' With My Peeps

    74
    6
    64
    Jun 18, 2013
    i have a flock of bronze turkeys that i have been breeding the same tom to his daughters. this year will be the fourth generation. i have the first batch of eggs in the incubator and i have lost several eggs. wondering if i need to get a new tom or not. any help would be great.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    21,700
    14,438
    736
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Four generations is too much inbreeding. I would get some fresh unrelated birds. A generation or two is okay but 4 is getting too inbred and you will start to see problems from it.
     
  3. memphis

    memphis Chicken Obsessed

    4,709
    3,115
    416
    Aug 6, 2012
    Agreed.
     
  4. Cody Walker

    Cody Walker Chillin' With My Peeps

    74
    6
    64
    Jun 18, 2013
    what kinds of problems?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    21,700
    14,438
    736
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Physical deformities and inherited diseases are the main concerns.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by