Mating Family????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by newchickens2009, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard that you can mate sister to brother, father to daughter or mother to son with chickens and it has no side affects like other animals do. I've also heard that it should be avoided at all cost. Can someone on here please give me some advice on this subject? I have a sister and brother Marans that someone gave me and would like to produce a few chicks from them to add to my dark egg collection. Is this ok or should I not do it?
     
  2. punky rooster

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    Jul 21, 2010
    I would not breed a brother to sister for more than two generations. After that I would go get new blood. In your case I would hatch from your birds, take the sons breed to the mothers, Daughters breed to the father again and again. You can do this for 3 - 5 years without getting new blood if I remember correctly.
     
  3. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both so much for the great info! It will be put to good use in the years to come.
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