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So, I've been thinking... inbreeding?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by urbaner, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. urbaner

    urbaner Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2010
    How often do you bring in new quail to keep from over-inbreeding your birds? Assuming you have about 30 birds. Or is it better to just eat all your birds and restart with new stock every few years?

  2. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    I haven't had any long enough to really worry about it. However, once I do get there, I plan to only replace roos. It'll be soo much cheaper and easier to "replace" 20% of your population.
  3. smallbluejellybean

    smallbluejellybean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2009
    Kings Park NSW Australia
    I started off with a mixed lot anyways. Everyone of my buttons came from a different breeder all over Sydney.
    Do you think it would be alright to introduce the odd one from different breeders here and there?
    I am looking for mutations that I can introduce to my flock to spice the colours up.
    Although our selection here in Australia is limited, I am determined to track down as many mutations as I can.
    Also there really seems a demand on the rarer colours, here. (maybe a little business for me when my canaries aren't breeding)
    Never had this problem with my canaries as different varieties are so easy to get here.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2010
  4. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Do you have the space and essentials to split your birds up SBJB? Maybe even a colony pen, then a trio/pair pen for each of your favorite varieties.
    As for mixing and matching, you really should be careful. Some people say that it's not good to mix them up, because you'll throw off the delicate social balance and cause fighting amongst them.

    ETA: What varieties do you currently have?
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2010

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