Lavender Orp Pullets or Roos? - Page 2
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Aw, poor little guy. I don't know if that is genetic or not. When I used to hatch eggs in the incubator there would be some hatched out with no problems and some would crack the egg just a bit and stop, and then some that wouldn't hatch at all. Most times when I would help the ones who just barely pipped, out of their shell,they would have leg issues.It was hard not to help them because they were obviously alive. Sometimes the leg got stronger, sometimes not. Could be what happened here. But I was hatching bantams back then so, like I said I'm new to Orpingtons.These guys are pretty, I'm glad they got a good home
They are feathering out a little slow and seemed under nourished when I got them home. Another chicken keeping lesson, I suppose.
I do think #3, the one with the bad leg, is a roo. I have been calling him Igor. Thought about culling him but since we are not breeding for chicks and he gets along okay just leave him be.
Sorry you had to cull, though most times it is for the best as it does become extremely painful for the bird. As for the breeder, it was wrong on their part to call you a con artist. It unfortunately is something that happens and if it can be linked to a genetic issue it should be resolved by eliminating it as much as possible. It's simply bad business to sell birds with any type of defect, unless of course it's unknown at the time and in that case the breeder should be thankful it was brought to their attention, not insult the buyer for identifying it.
Edited by Firekin1 - 2/15/16 at 6:55am