Genetics question for Experts

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shellybean40, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small backyard flock and have decided to keep a Rooster. I have 2 EE Roos that are 11 weeks old. These are really barnyard mixes that were hatched from green eggs. One of the roos is black with a red, large comb and black legs, the other is reddish with blueish tail feathers with a Peacomb. Both are crowing nonstop. The reddish boy is my favorite, but he has a very long neck and came down with a case of wry neck a few weeks ago. We cured it with vitamins and TLC, but is this a genetics thing? Would we be setting ourselves up for chicks with a tendancy toward wry neck?? My daughter asked this question and I thought I would throw it out there for you experts.
     
  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Could be a genetic thing, personally I wouldn't use him.
     
  3. Oldhound

    Oldhound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shellybean40 Do a BYC search , Limber neck, Wry neck. Lots of info
     
  4. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait! You cured it by vitamins? Then it shouldn't be genetic.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    "Wry neck" is a name for a symptom that can be caused by a number of different things--everything from head trauma, illness, botulism poisoning, poor nutrition, etc.
     
  6. old*cowboy

    old*cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off am no where near an expert as you posted this for the genetic experts, But. If I was going to raise chicks for pleasure or the betterment of my chicken flock, I would not consider useing a rooster that has had any major problems. It may or may not be genetic. But it still is a flaw in this rooster, and I have always tried to not breed out of flawed birds.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you cured it with vitamins, it is not likely genetic. I had a hen once who got wry neck. I came to realize that she was sensitive to the thiamine blocker in chick feed (used to prevent cocci). Once I removed her from medicated chick feed and put her on vitamins for 2 wks, she fully recovered without any future issues. I believe the vitamin deficiency (in this case thiamine) caused the problem and once that was resolved, she was fine.
     
  8. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone. I have a lot to think about don't I?
     

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