BCM/Birchen Marans Toes

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JacksonPearce, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. JacksonPearce

    JacksonPearce Songster

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    We recently hatched several marans-- black copper and blue birchen-- from a local breeder. These eggs were to make up for a birchen marans laying hen we bought that turned out to be an internal layer. I had some issues with my incubator that resulted in several eggs from this batch, marans and otherwise, to quit early.

    Those that remain are now hatching very staggered, but they are, indeed, hatching. All the chicks seem fine except the marans-- so far, both of the marans have a deformed/tiny outside toe. They've been moving fine and appear to be walking without issue, and we aren't planning to breed these, but still-- does anyone know what's going on, here? I've read some information about fused toe issues in marans, and given that the marans pullet we got from the same breeder had an issue, it seems like perhaps his breeding stock just isn't as good as we'd hoped. Thoughts?

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  2. Ms Biddy

    Ms Biddy One chicken short of crazy

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    It's kind of hard to see in your photo but our Marans rooster had a weird outer toe also. It was part of the reason we culled him. I'll be interested to see what others say. Best wishes with the rest of your hatch and your chicks.
     
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  3. aart

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  4. JacksonPearce

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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You'll have to ask, paste same info as you started this thread with.
    There are several good breeders on that thread, they will answer within a day.
     
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  6. JacksonPearce

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    Thanks! I’ve asked there. :)
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Maybe post back here with the answer/explanations you get.
     
  8. JacksonPearce

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    Here's what they said! :)
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    So it is genetic?
     
  10. Bantambird

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    Short outer toes are actually common in Marans and aren't considered a major defect.
     

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