Common defects thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BlueMottie, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. BlueMottie

    BlueMottie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a thread of common defects among the various types of chickens. Please feel free to post photos, I'll then add them to the OP so we have a nice list. I don't have a huge amount of birds, so I'll only be able to post a few pictures. Full credit will be given to the owner(s) of the photographs.

    Clear pictures of the area please! Like, if your bird has a split wing please take a picture of the wing and not a photo of the entire bird.
    The birds being photographed do not have to be purebred or show quality.
    Please do not post photos that are larger than 640x480

    oh, and please post to remind me if I forgot something!

    Thanks!!
    Mottie

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    Combs-
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    Single comb
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    A correct large single comb, but the size is a defect in certain breeds that require a smaller comb, such as this leghorn. Photo (C) to Attack Chicken, used with permisson
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    Cockerel exhibiting a "beefy" comb with far too many points. Also twisted. Photo (C) to bluemottie
    Rose comb
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    A female wyandotte bantam exhibiting a correct rosecomb for that breed. For general referance of rosecombs. Photo (C) to Attack Chicken, used with permission
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    A cockerel showing a double spike. Birds with this defect should not be used for breeding. Photo (C) MsBear, used with permission
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    A cock with a rough rosecomb, notice the pointy, spiky surface. Photo (C) to ameracanachick, used with permission
    V-comb

    Pea comb
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    Preferred pea comb- as required for the standard for that breed (araucana). Photo (C) to amazondoc, used with permission
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    Straight and tall pea comb (as opposed to a flat pea comb, as seen above.) Photo (C) to amazondoc, used with permission
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    Tall and floppy pea comb. Photo (C) to amazondoc, used with permission
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    Tall and twisted pea comb. Photo (C) to amazondoc, used with permission .
    Walnut comb

    Cushion comb

    Strawberry comb

    Comb Swap
    (Birds with an incorrect type of comb)
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    Standard cochin cockerel with a pea comb. The correct comb type for cochins, either bantam or standard is a single comb as seen above. Photo (C) to HappyMt, used with permission


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    Head (beak/wattles/eyes/earlobes)
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    Droopy, "basset hound" eyes-notice the lower lid droop. Photo (C) to onthespot, used with permission
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    A young wyandotte pullet with a deformed beak. Caused by either genetics or fluctuations of humidity during incubations, which was the cause in this case. Photo (C) to Attack Chicken, used with permission
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    A silkie cockerel with a crooked (crossed/scissor) beak, where the upper portion of the beak is crossed over the lower half, or vice versa. Caused by genetics or by fluctuations in humidity and temperature during incubation. Birds that hatch with severe crossed beaks often do not survive long as they cannot eat. Photo (C) to onthespot, used with permission
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    Wing and wing feathers (primaries/secondaries/coverts/wing bow)

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    Legs (shanks/toes/spurs) -birds with four toes
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    Showgirl (all five toes, as required) crooked middle toes Photo (c) to bluemottie
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    Another bird with crooked toes. Photo (C) to Jester's Eye, used with permission
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    Ungual Osteodystrophy-Missing or deformed tonail, usually on the middle toe, sometimes actually shortening the toe. Heritable, not simple recessive or dominant, several genes involved. Photo (C) to jenjscott, used with permission.
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    Rooster with spur growth on only one side, other side small and nubby. Photo (C) bluemottie
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    Legs (shanks/toes) -birds with five toes
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    Showgirl pullet exhibiting four toes; five required


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    Tail (Sickles/main tail feathers/saddle area/uropogyial gland area)

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    Keel/Breast area

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    Feathers
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    Foreign colors-very small quantities are acceptable, but the feather should never be more than 1/2 the undesired color. Photo (C) to bluemottie
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    (Farthest bird back in the picture) An example of a color impurity, where an underlying red leaks through, such as on the wing of this ameraucana rooster. Photo (C) onthespot, used with permission
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    Dark colored bird with white tipped feathers - NOT a mottled or spangled variety - a common occurance in black birds, featherlegged black birds can have white tips on the leg feathers. Photo (C) to jensjscott, used with permission
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    Clean legged birds

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    Clean legged four week old with feathered legs and stubs
    Photo (C) to bluemottie
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    Feather legged birds (faverolles/langshan not included)
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    Feather legged bird exhibiting a lack of feathering down the middle toe-also showing an infected stub. (NOT a langshan/faverolle)
    Photo (C) to bluemottie
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    Off-color feathers in feather legged breeds, most commonly white feathers in blue or black varieties. Photo (C) silkiechick05, used with permission
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    Feather legged birds (faverolle/langshan birds)

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    Crested Breeds

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    Silkie feathered birds

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    "Bob" tailed birds (cochins/silkies/showgirls/etc)
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    Cochin bantam with main tail feathers-hard shafted feathers that are not pliable and should not exist in these breeds. Photo (C) bluemottie
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    Showgirl cockerel with main tail feathers as well. Photo (C) bluemottie
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    Games

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    Unique birds (sumatra/junglefowl/etc-birds with specifics requirements; sumatra must have three spurs, blabla)
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    Silkie with off-color skin. A dark purple color is required to be shown. Photo (C) to Catwalk, used with permission
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    Cock feathers in males of hen feathered breeds, such as this sebright. Photo (C) to Poultry Master, used with permission
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    Universal Disqualifications
    "Disqualifications:
    All Breeds and Varieties-
    Specimen lacking in breed characteristics.
    Definite indications of contagious or communicable diseases.
    Evidence of Faking.
    More than 20% eather up or down from weight listed for its breed,sex and age.''
    -Chris09
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  2. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

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    less than 1/2 inch of white anywere on a all black bird if it is more it is DQ.
    I listed like 10 and realized I was listing DQs LOL
     
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a wonderful idea. I wish I could add to it.
     
  4. BlueMottie

    BlueMottie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! I see a lot of people who are new and wanting to show their birds. And then people coming back and telling what is anatomically wrong with their birds. I fogured maybe this could save both the poster and the postee some time [​IMG]
     
  5. BlueMottie

    BlueMottie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:haha, I hate it when that happens...you get going on a roll and then realize you did all that work for nothing.
    Don't suppose you have any defective chickens you could take pictures of to add to the list [​IMG]
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Disqualifications:
    All Breeds and Varieties-
    Specimen lacking in breed characteristics.
    Definite indications of contagious or communicable diseases.
    Evidence of Faking.
    More than 20% eather up or down from weight listed for its breed,sex and age.

    Rhode Island Reds-
    DQ-
    One or more entirely white feather showing in outer plumage.

    Chris
     
  7. Baybrio

    Baybrio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please keep this thread going - I've never heard of a beefy comb - I'm learning so much.
     
  8. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a dented sternum is a common problem in Holland, Europe.
     
  9. BlueMottie

    BlueMottie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have pictures to go along with the defects?
    Thanks to all who have posted, and those who want this thread to keep going!
     
  10. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Ungual Osteodystrophy.

    Missing or deformed tonail, usually on the middle toe, sometimes actually shortening the toe. Heritable, not simple recessive or dominant, several genes involved.

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