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Here is a question for you guys. How tight can I breed pigeons of the same family and what will be the first sighs that I have been a bit too consistent in breeding the same family back to its self? I’m thinking things like abnormal feathers or something worse? Also at what point do you feel a good out-cross is in order with a family of birds that consistently perform?
 

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If the birds carry hidden lethal recessive genes the first sign will be eggs not hatching or early death. A lack of fertility is also a sign they have become to inbred.

I have bred a number of mother / son and father daughter pairings without problems. I do this to increase the presence of a desired trait and / or performance, but a better mating would probably be grandfather to granddaughter, and grandmother to grandson to keep the family more viable.
Half brother and half sister matings are also good.

All domestic breeds of animals were developed through inbreeding and progeny testing to keep the line moving toward the breeders goals.
 
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