breeding crested birds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Megs, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have just hatched my first few polish from a pair of juveniles i purchased last fall and grew out, of the 13 i have hatched over the last 2 weeks 1 is a bit wonky, turning its head sideways/upside down etc, i was wondering (as i am having trouble finding much on the topic) if their are neurological problems that can occur due to the crested vaults? I have hatched out hundreds of chicks of other breeds so far this year and have not had any problems, so think it must be due to the vaulted skull? i think i recall reading something about this in regards to crested silkies.

    any info appreciated!
     
  2. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's possible. Cresteds can come out with different problems because of the forming of the vault. Search for 'wry neck'. That's the first thing that came to mind while reading your post.
     
  3. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Ontario
    I asked almost this exact same question a year ago when I hatched my first silkies and noticed this weird head twitch/shake turning in a few of them. Apparently others had noticed it but I was unable to locate a definitive cause. They grew fine and have had no related problems though they seem to have retained this odd behaviour. Some had stated it may be related to feathers obstructing their view...but this began with mine before they even had feathers to obstruct their view.

    Who knows.
     
  4. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for the reply, i will search that! this is my first go at breeding cresteds
     
  5. bacres

    bacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    East Pennsylvania
    Mine has a cocked head and his poof is growing out on the oppposite side he looks so I figured he was just trying to see better.
     
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