is wry tail hereditary?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sunket77, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an otherwise perfect black Japanese pullet that all of the sudden seems to have wry tail. Can I breed her or is she no good all together? So disappointing she was so far a perfect little bird legs and all. [​IMG]
     
  2. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, any suggestions what to do with these "culls"? I really hate to kill them but yet I would like to try and keep the mouths we feed on a smaller level.... I just don't understand what went wrong [​IMG]
     
  3. blackdotte

    blackdotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is wry tail hereditary?

    Yes.
    If you breed a short legged Jap to another short legged Jap you will get
    25% dead in shell; 50% short leg & 25% long (normal ) leg
    breeding a short legged Jap to a long (normal ) legged bird will give
    50% short leg & 50% long (normal ) leg.
    This is because the Creeper gene that makes the short leg is a lethal.
    The second method will give you more live chicks, and your surplus normal legged birds are usually not hard to sell as backyard pets.​
     
  4. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    Yes, wry tail is hereditary but common in Japanese. Give them away as yard ornaments or gardening buddies. [​IMG]
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Yes! Cull out breeding animals that have wry tails.
     
  6. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the responses... Its so upsetting we thought we had another perfect pair! Is it best to breed siblings or back to the Parents? I am also thinking we need to see if we can get another pullet from the breeder.
     

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