Ameraucana chicks have problems....Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fowlwoman1, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been incubating and hatching my Ameraucana eggs for the last few months, and it seems like about 1/3 of the chicks that hatch from green eggs have problems. leg, toe, eating issues and just death in the shell before hatching and immediately after hatching, etc. I was noticing on the special needs chicks thread, there were a few ameraucanas, so I was thinking that maybe that's just how the breed is. I had been considering buying different breeding stock to see if it is my hens' genes causing the problem. the papa roos of these babies aren't ameraucana. the mamas were probably from ideal hatchery.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If they were from Ideal, you have Easter Eggers, a crossbred bird. Since they are not purebreds, anything could happen. It's hard to pin it down because of that, to give a rule of thumb. True Ameraucanas are extremely fertile and hatch easily, in my personal experience. In fact, they ship much better than my Blue Orp eggs, too.
     
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  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Quote:Sounds more like an incubation problem to me than a genetic issue.
     
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

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    pips&peeps :

    Sounds more like an incubation problem to me than a genetic issue.

    I agree-have you only been incubating the EEs, or have you ha other breeds in with them as well?​
     
  5. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been hatching other mixes as well.
     

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