line breeding turkeys

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

  1. Cody Walker

    Cody Walker Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Let It Snow Premium Member

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  4. Cody Walker

    Cody Walker Out Of The Brooder

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    what kinds of problems?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Physical deformities and inherited diseases are the main concerns.
     

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