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Is the ear muff gene a problem ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rosetinted, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. rosetinted

    rosetinted Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2009
    I was wondering in someone could help me out [​IMG]

    I read somewhere that the earmuff gene can be lethal if doubled up.
    Can anyone explain to me how true this is & what is done to avoid it when breeding with earmuffed breeds.

    Also, does this problem extend to bearded breeds too?
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Interesting question....I have never heard of such a thing so I will be watching to see what info you get from the more experienced folks here. It might help to give more info...

    Breed of Bird
    Pics always help too
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  3. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think you are thinking of the tufted gene which is totally a different gene and is associated with "real araucana USA type", tuft gene is lethal in a double dose, Which when breeding two birds with the visual gene/tufts their will be some losses in the eggs before they hatch.
    also there is small small chance in chicks that survive of other defects in the birds heads: beak problems, not on center or twisted one way or another, holes in the ear canals(leaking food through the ears) etc.
    Breeding is best clean faced to tufted, but there can be a small % of losses as well, but the chances are better in results of hatches going this route.

    The Muff gene is not lethal..associated with USA type ameraucana, ee's, silkies etc..Uk araucana can have as well
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  4. rosetinted

    rosetinted Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2009
    Ahhhhhh, I see!! I was confused with muffs & tufts!!

    Thanks so much for getting back to me wilds [​IMG]

    I've done a fair bit of googling on the subject since you posted & have found some interesting stuff.

    I think in short, I will avoid tufted birds until I have waaaaay more experience, lol!

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