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Inbreeding Are there any complications that come from inbreeding? I currently don’t have any roosters so not an issue but just wanting to know for the future. Damien Farris *********************************** Hi Damien, Yes, there are issues. Just as we breed for a specific trait, and pair a hen and a rooster that already have that trait so it can continue and strengthen in the future, the same can happen with the bad traits. Say you have a rooster with a strong genetic tendency toward blindness. All of his offspring have a 50% chance of having that gene. If you cross his daughter with another rooster without the gene, her offspring will have a 25% chance. Keep diluting like that and the potential offspring have even less of a blindness risk. But if you cross the daughter back with the father, her offspring have a chance of getting one blindness gene from each parent … which means a

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