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So I am getting my first breeding pair of seramas. They are 3 months old and the lady just emailed me and said that she has noticed the tails leaning in the birds. She has noticed it in this batch of hatched chicks. When I initially saw then their tails were perfect. So my question is is it Wry Tail or can it be a vitamin deficiency. She told me it was more than likely a deficiency and it can happen alot in seramas. Can this be true? If it were wry tail would hte tail be affected from day 1 or would it all of a sudden appear? She said there are 5 different moms between this batch and she couldnt imagine they would all have the genetic trait that causes it. Thoughts? 

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So I am getting my first breeding pair of seramas. They are 3 months old and the lady just emailed me and said that she has noticed the tails leaning in the birds. She has noticed it in this batch of hatched chicks. When I initially saw then their tails were perfect. So my question is is it Wry Tail or can it be a vitamin deficiency. She told me it was more than likely a deficiency and it can happen alot in seramas. Can this be true? If it were wry tail would hte tail be affected from day 1 or would it all of a sudden appear? She said there are 5 different moms between this batch and she couldnt imagine they would all have the genetic trait that causes it. Thoughts? 

I won't claim to be an expert on serama as this is my first year having the breed, but here are my thoughts:

I doubt it is vitamin deficiency. Wry tail would become more noticeable as the tail grows out.

Five hens...How many roosters? If the rooster has an undesired trait it possibly could be passed on if it were a dominant trait. From what I just read it is not likely that wry tail would occur using five different hens as it is recessive and the gene has to come from both parents.

But you are getting a pair so five parents are not involved. Buy your breeding pair elsewhere.


At any rate, consider a different source for your purchase.
Edited by nchls school - 2/9/16 at 3:57pm
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Vitamin deficiency-only occurs with improper diet. I would not want to buy birds that were not well taken care of.

My guess is that this line of birds carry the recessive trait for wry tail. This trait is only visual when both parents have the gene for the trait, otherwise the birds would appear normal but carry a hidden trait that could be passed on.
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And this isn't something that happens to birds who are kept indoors?
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And this isn't something that happens to birds who are kept indoors?

Indoors/outdoors would not matter whether it be genetic or dietary.
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