What is line breeding?
QCould you explain what is meant by line breeding? I’ve heard the term used but I’m not really sure what it means.
AAndy Cawthray says: A ‘line’ is also known as a ‘strain’. It is a related population of chickens. Line breeding is when a superior quality cock or hen is used for breeding with its best opposite sex offspring in an attempt to concentrate the best qualities of the original parent and its best offspring. This process is repeated with each generation’s best offspring being mated back to the preferred parent.
Some lines will fail, as this type of breeding can concentrate not only the desirable qualities but also the undesirable within a short period of time. To be successful a good line breeding plan is required, along with maintenance of a number of lines or strains so additional ‘lines’ can be created with a view to removing the undesirable traits.
Birds produced by line breeding