Genetic diversity in the backyard flock
OK, it's a simple question, really. How does one improve the gene pool when you only have 15-20 chickens? I have one rooster and 14 hens. Do people trade roosters with their neighbors in order to avoid too much inbreeding? I only have one hen that is from this rooster, so I'm not desperate, but doesn't the time come when there should be an adjustment to the gene pool?