- May 24, 2019
Just realized the rooster and two hens I just bought are half brother and sister. Is that going to be an issue. I do hatch and sell fertilized eggs but nothing for show just local for fun. Thoughts?
Mating offspring back to their parents is called line breeding and is a very common practice. At some point you would want to add new blood, but I think you could several years with just line breeding. The breeder I got my flock from said "when they start shrinking you've gone too far".@Trish1974 — didn’t know that! Thanks!
I’ll piggy back on that question. What about a rooster mating with his children? My goal is to hatch my own chicks (not to sell) and to keep them for a few years and then process them and continue that way. In this scenario a rooster would end up mating with his grandchildren, would that be okay or would I have to eventually get more females from a different strain or another rooster that is not from that family?