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Rooster back to daughter?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by djennings, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably a dumb question but can u breed a daughter back to the sire? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, it is called linebreeding. Used to strengthen desired traits. Outcrossing is necessary to increase genetic diversity, though.
     
  3. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At least with chickens it's not illegal or immoral! And it works - - -
     
  4. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    It's possible, yes. Not necessarily recommended.
     
  5. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does outcrossing mean? Why not recommended?
     
  6. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not an expert but from what I know line breeding is not bad, but you may not want to do it for many generations in a row. Birds are less likely than mammals to have real problems with inbreeding generally. Lets say the hen and roo in question produce some more nice hens and roos, outcrossing would be bringing in an unrelated hen or roo for them to produce successive progeny.
     
  7. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So outcrossing means not breeding sires to daughters and brothers to sisters, bringing in a totally different one from someone else? [​IMG]
     
  8. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Yep, outcrossing is when you bring in a completely unrelated bird into the breeding program. Helps strengthen genetic diversity, since many generations of linebreeding (inbreeding) can eventually take its toll, causing reduced fertility and genetic disease which would otherwise not be expressed.
     
  9. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Thank you!
     

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