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Rumpless Ameraucana chick??

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I recently received 2 Ameraucana chicks from a hatchery.  One of the chicks looks like his back is too short - or there is no tail.  It looks alot different than the other one.  This chick was also a bit sickly at first with curled up toes on one foot.   Could this just be a deformed chick or is it possible that a 'rumpless' gene from way back has shown itself (I have no clue about poultry genetics/breeding)?  I would post pictures, but for the life of me, I cannot get it to work following the directions.

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
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"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
The Lord of the Rings
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It could be deformed or not developing properly, or it could be rumpless.  Occasionally people do get rumpless birds from hatchery stock, I think some hatcheries have a few rumpless breeders.  As the chick grows, it will become apparent whether or not it is rumpless.  How old is it now?

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I have found that most of my darker in color Ameraucanas, do have a defect of curled toes, one of my girls toes on one foot were so curled .. the poor thing.
But all my blue's have straight toes no defects! idunno

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Happily married God fearing mother who loves to laugh, cook/bake,collect recipes, can, sew, listen to bluegrass, garden, and last but certainly not least raise chickens.
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The chick is 4 days old.  The other chick of the same breed has a very defined tail area.  This one has absolutely nothing.  It looks like it's back is missing vertebrae or something!

As for the curled toes - the fact that she has that and was a bit listless at first did make me think it was just a chick that had some problems.  It has perked up now - I did not think it would make it at first.  I was a bit surprised they sent me a chick with a foot all curled up like that - you would think they would notice.

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
The Lord of the Rings
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"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
The Lord of the Rings
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