mother and son together

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silki, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. silki

    silki New Egg

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    I need a little advice I bought 2 cuckoo silkies that had been running with a male. I brought them home to be friends for a rescue Black Rock. The silkies laid and the black Rock sat on the eggs a couple cracked and we ended up with one egg which eventually hatched. I wished for a hen but its a male and Im worried about him breeding with one of the silkies which will be his mum. What do i do?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Unless the hens come from a heavily inbred line, him mating his mother will cause absolutely no problems. Poultry breeding frequently relies upon line and inbreeding to develop families. I had a friend who developed a family of WCB Polish for more than 20 generations using one foundation pair.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You can just not hatch any of the eggs, if you're worried.

    Most chicken folks are comfortable inbreeding for a few generations at least. If you have problems with the parents, those problems will be amplified in the offspring. But if the parents are hardy, you'll be fine for a few generations at least.
     

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