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Sibling breeding question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SundownWaterfowl, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I know that you shouldnt breed brother and sisters together. But what about breeding 1/2 siblings together. Like a hen and rooster that have the same father but different mothers?
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    i think that is fine [​IMG] from what I understand line breeding is very different in chooks.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It is pretty commonly done if you are trying to 'get' a particular trait sorted out, or as part of linebreeding schemes.

    "Search" to find a number of good threads on the subject of inbreeding for full discussion of the pros and cons. But, basically, whether you have problems depends on how many generations you do it for, and how many (and what sorts of) bad recessive traits the birds were carrying.

    In general it is fine to do if you have a plan that can best be accomplished that way, you just wanna keep an eye out for problems showing up (not so much of the 'three headed chick' variety but more of the 'reduced fertility/hatchability in future generations' sort.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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