Question about interbreeding

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by johncv, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. johncv

    johncv Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2012
    is interbreeding ok? or nogo, should we seperate family members?
  2. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2012
    South Australia
    Do you mean interbreeding (different breeds) or inbreeding (siblings or child and parent)?

    For both questions, it's a matter of opinion. I would say yes to the first and no to the second. But I know that there are some people who keep heritage breeds who would say the opposite.

    I'm always a little leery of inbreeding because that's just a little close for my comfort - any negative traits would be magnified. I wouldn't breed two siblings together, but I would breed cousins together and maybe half-siblings, I'm not sure. But as I said, I know there are people with heritage breeds who would breed siblings together to keep the line pure.

    Just my opinion.

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