Is this normal? please advise...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by andreanar, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. andreanar

    andreanar Overrun With Chickens

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    22 week old Brahma hen. I noticed her feet look puffy. No bumps or redness and she acts normally. She's my only Brahma and Im not sure if the breed normally has puffyish feet.
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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm... They sure are some pudgy feet, but that is normal for some breeds. Are you sure she's a purebred? Some Game fowl have incredibly thick legs and feet. I've had some hens with fat feet, some breeds were actually bred for it back in the days when chicken-foot soup was still a thing. I've also got some hens with skeletal looking feet, but it's just genetics.

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  3. mrsc1951

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    My Light Brahmas do have sort of pudgy feet. She must be a dark Brahma?
     
  4. andreanar

    andreanar Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, she's a dark Brahma. I'll assume that she's ok then unless she shows any other signs.
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  5. chooks4life

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    The pudginess is well distributed, evenly, not obviously isolated to any area, it seems proportionate, so I think it is just genetic.

    Interesting that she also has the lack of proper flank feathering I saw in the birds of a breeder near me recently, they were buff brahmas though --- is this absence of proper flank feathering common to the breed? Are you in Australia?

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  6. andreanar

    andreanar Overrun With Chickens

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    Im in N.Y.state. First time chicken mama, lol. What is this flank feathering that you mention? Can you point it out in a photo? Thanks.
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  7. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's some other pics of hens showing the type of feathering I mean:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/BarnevelderTrio.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DominiqueHenSweetie.JPG

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Silver-laced_Wyandotte_rooster.jpg

    It's not some terrible fault, but I think it might be a problem for anyone intending to show birds, since breeders seem to discard or sell on animals with this trait rather than retain and breed them. Maybe a minor fault, I don't know, I don't show birds. Nothing to worry about anyway, as far as I know.

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  8. andreanar

    andreanar Overrun With Chickens

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    I see. All my girls are hatchery. Like a lot of first timers, I had no idea of the differences from hatchery type and breeder type. I plan to get some Cochin, Orpington and Brahma from good breeder stock in the spring. I definitely love my girls, but also see the beauty of well bred hens!
     
  9. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm, interesting, your girls are dead ringers for the ones I saw which were breeder-bred, i.e. by an enthusiast rather than a mass hatchery... Wonder how many generations out of a hatchery they were?

    And your Brahma there is miles ahead of I think possibly even all other hatchery Brahma I've ever seen in terms of being bred close to breed standard, well, the little I know of it, anyway. Not bad for hatchery stock!

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  10. andreanar

    andreanar Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you! I think she's beautiful. She's my favorite girl, so gentle and quiet. The hatchery I ordered from is local and I've since read a ton of bad reviews about them. Not about their bird quality but about them being dishonest and difficult to deal with. I won't go to them again.
     

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