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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by djennings, Jul 26, 2011.
Probably a dumb question but can u breed a daughter back to the sire?
Yes, it is called linebreeding. Used to strengthen desired traits. Outcrossing is necessary to increase genetic diversity, though.
At least with chickens it's not illegal or immoral! And it works - - -
It's possible, yes. Not necessarily recommended.
What does outcrossing mean? Why not recommended?
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.
So outcrossing means not breeding sires to daughters and brothers to sisters, bringing in a totally different one from someone else?
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.