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Inbreeding Math

This is the mathematics behind inbreeding a cock to his daughter and granddaughters. (A=Cock, B=Hen)

Equation

You can calculate the amount of a sire or dam's genetic material in the offspring of an inbred line by using the following equation:

(1 - 0.5n) x 100 = x%

n = number of generations a bird has been used as a sire or dam to produce the offspring
x = percentage of genetic material from the sire or dam in the offspring

(This equation only works if the sire or dam in question has been used in every generation.)

For Example

"St. Thomas" (NL-83-8391269) was first bred with "Platina" (AU-91-1322) to produce several offspring, including daughter, "Oxygen" (CU-93-00392). He was then bred with this daughter to produce CU-95-BVR-4013 and CU-95-BVR-4014.

"St. Thomas" (NL-83-8391269) was used in two generations as a sire in this line, so n=2. The equation then reads:

(1 - (0.5)2) x 100 = 75%

Therefore, the amount of St. Thomas' genetic material in his offspring, CU-95-BVR-4013 and CU-95-BVR-4014, is 75% and the amount of genetic material from "Platina" (AU-91-1322) is 25%.

Racing Pigeons Section Contents

Background on Silvio Mattacchione, his pigeons, his loft, and inbreeding program.

A group of articles and editorials addressing various aspects of the sport of pigeon racing and the history of Silvio's line of Spanjaards/Janssens pigeons.

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