Quick question: Will chickens breed with there parents/offspring and is this bad??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amandamcgrady, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. amandamcgrady

    amandamcgrady New Egg

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    Just wondering if there insticts will tell them not to do this? Or is it not a problem at all?? Thanks.
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    yes they will breed with their offspring, there is no instinct to prevent that with any animal that I know of.

    For the most part, it will cause no harm, over generations, imbreeding can bring forth less desirable traits or deformities. But it can also emphasis traits wanted.

    MrsK
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Animals have NO morals. That's a human thing and even that is becoming more rare. They will breed any hen or rooster, no matter how closely related. That said, brother sister matings are really close and sometimes lead to defects. Father X daughter, or mother X son is usually acceptable, up to about 6 generations. That is referred to as "inbreeding" and is desireable at times. Very common in show birds and rare bloodlines......Pop
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Humans are about the only animals that don't do that. We have a sense of morality, animals don't. Any male will mate any female in season he can physically cover. Usually not a problem until it's been unchecked for several generations, or the first generation has underirable traits from the start, those will only be maginifed.
     
  5. amandamcgrady

    amandamcgrady New Egg

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    Thanks for quick response. Great answers, thanks for your time!! Duley noted :)
     
  6. Vtown

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    Wolves do not mate with their offspring.
     
  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry, I don't think you understood the question; it was about chickens.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I think Vtown was responding to donrae's post, not the OP original question.
     
  9. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also heard about a gorilla that didn't mate with another gorilla that it had been raised with because it thought it was her brother
     
  10. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW, thanks for explaining that to me.
     

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