Silkie Chicken Inbreeding

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Silkie Keeper 7, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Silkie Keeper 7

    Silkie Keeper 7 Chirping

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    Hello BYC, I've recently bought 4 silkie chickens but don't know whether they are siblings or not and was just wondering if I could breed them? Would it lead to deformed chicks or dead chicks?
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. You can breed chicken siblings from 4 to 5 generations without having any inbreeding problems. But I would buy some new Silkie stock within the next couple of years to insure good vigor in your flock. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Inbreeding poulty is not like inbreeding dogs or cats. Often a rooster will mate his daughters and a hen with her sons- inbreeding closely for several generations may bring up problems. But in chickens you don't have to be concerned with that now. The chicks you bought together may not have even come from the same parents - people gather eggs from many chickens at a time to hatch and fill orders.
     
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  4. Silkie Keeper 7

    Silkie Keeper 7 Chirping

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    Thank you for the replies.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    As said above, you can allow several generations of inter breeding before it can become a problem. Definitely check out the link that Sumi has provided. You will gain more knowledge about this there.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received good advice above.

    LOVE YOUR AVATAR!!!
     
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  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. It looks like you've received some excellent advice already.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     

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