Black Java with tail problem

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Oldebman, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Oldebman

    Oldebman New Egg

    Jan 22, 2010
    Rabun Gap
    I have several Black Javas that I hatched from eggs received from Duane Urch
    (Urch/Turnland Poultry). The only one of the flock showing the recessive gene
    for yellow feet (bottoms) also has what looks like a deformed tail (feathers
    point down). Is this a genetic flaw or due to hatching problems? It was a
    difficult hatch and I had to break the rules and extract some of the chicks
    after they pipped or they would have died. I have since undated my equipment and
    knowledge, so I hope to never have to do that again (It is very nerve racking).
    However I would like to use this bird for breeding (proper foot color), but not
    if the tail problem is genetic.

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Hey Robert, I don't have any idea about the answer to the question, but I am interested in hearing an answer if anyone else has any, But I would really like to see some pics of him if you can get some. Hey, I found another lady that has Javas too, I'll email you again and give you more info.
  3. javachick

    javachick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2010
    Vevay, IN
    Hi Oldebman
    I saw your post on your Black Java chick and I would love to see a photo to be sure, but I am going to guess that if you had a rough time hatching you might of somehow broke the little chick's tail, would be my first thought. If that is the case, this would not be a genetic defect, then.

    Once I had a Java hen with a broken tail (one of the kids grabbed a hen by her tail too roughly).

    I have been raising a small flock of Black Javas since 2001 and added the White Javas a couple years later and I have not come across a tail defect in them. I have however had problems with sidespurs on occasion, feet that are pink and not golden, and sometimes more gold in the Black Javas eye color than I liked. Currently I have bred most of these defects out of my flock.


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