would it be bad if a bro and sis chickens mate or just if they have chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Ghostbelly, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a wonderful batch of chicks and can keep all of them if bros and sis can mate just not have chicks is it true they will be ok?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It'd be fine either way.
     
  3. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hear its bad if a bro and sis have chicks...... can a father mate with a daughter?
     
  4. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it won't be bad for the sister or eggs if the brother mates with her right?
     
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  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are going to do close inbreeding, you should select only the best individuals with no significant faults in type or temperament, as inbreeding increases the expression of both good and bad traits.

    If you are not planning on hatching any eggs, their relationship is not important.
     
  7. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    as long as you don't hatch out any eggs no it wont
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The brother over sister thing is largely for stamping common traits, good and bad. If these are simply back yard birds, I'd not be the least bit concerned. If you're actively pursuing a quality breeding program, the preferred method would indeed be father/daughter and son/mother. What are your goals in breeding them?
     
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  9. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just that i might wants some chicks once and a while and if i should make sure that bros and sis are apart
     
  10. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it doesn't physically harm them in the slightest. Mentally either, they don't know the difference.

    Unless you are trying to create a refined breeding program, it really doesn't matter who breeds with who. It would take dozens of generations of very close in-breeding before genetic deformities started to occur.
     

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