Deformed Silkie just hatched - should we cull?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CluckyCharms, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Common sense tells me to cull her, but I just don't know for sure. She is deformed in her right wing, as it stretches outward like a human arm, rather than folding inward like a chicken wing. She's gorgeous in coloring, just like her sibling that hatched earlier today, and she has quite the vault and crest going on already.

    It's unfortunate. She's walking around inside the 'bator just fine, but common sense still tells me she really should be in chicky heaven with a deformity that extreme.

    Your input?
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    You could let her grow up and see if she makes it. I would not breed from her though. If you have the time and means she could have a nice nearly normal life.
  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2012
    If otherwise she is healthy I would just keep her as " pet quality". But if she struggles to get around I would cull her as chickens are brutal if someone is weak.
  4. Alexia

    Alexia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2011
    Southern California
    I agree.
  5. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2012
    Lucky Duck Pond
    If it were me I would give her a chance!!! but it depends on your situation!!!!
  6. AndrewHernandez

    AndrewHernandez New Egg

    Aug 2, 2012
    Give her a chance, don't judge a book by its cover
  7. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2012
    Picture? Id give her a chance, its just a wing!
  8. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okie, I'll give her a chance and see how she fares. Thus far she's very lopsided and can't stand up - but since she just hatched last evening that's not all too uncommon even in healthy chicks. We shall see...thanks for your input.
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It may be possible to "train" the wing to go back where it should be, like with straddle leg? Depending on how bad it is, of course. Could you post a pic of it so we can see? I'm sorry your little one is handicapped [​IMG]. How many of the them hatched in total?
  10. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wish I could post a picture but I broke our camera a while back (chick accident actually, lol) and I won't be getting another one until Christmas as a gift.

    The wing isn't deformed in such a way that would allow for me to train's actually misjointed and is literally set backwards. Also, I discovered about an hour ago that her leg on the same side (on the right) is also deformed and she is carrying the foot portion inward and up near her head while the joints are placed kitty-whompus.

    I really think culling is necessary, but I'm willing to let her be for a while and see how she does.

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