Lavender Orpington Shredder Gene Help

Jul 18, 2018
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It’s been a few months since this thread—have you tried any dietary alterations and seen a difference at all in the shredding? My rooster LO and my two self blue Ameraucanas all have the shredder gene and I’d like to help improve the feathers if that’s at all possible. Thanks!
I wish I did have some results for you! Unfortunately, my summer got away from me, and then I had to leave my chickens to go to college, so I haven’t tried anything yet. Dang education 😅
 

gimmie birdies

Crossing the Road
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My LO hens are laying finally!
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TheFatBlueCat

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My lavender araucana hens have this issue (New Zealand type which is UK type). They always just look a bit like they've been pulled through a hedge backwards, however with a very good diet (I feed fermented crushed whole grains, mixed with pullet grower crumb fresh milled from a local producer, and meat and bone meal 3x week, fresh greens daily plus free range time, and ad-lib oyster shell seperately) the feathers haven't lost functionality, and they do live with a rooster. Even after brooding chicks I'm not concerned, however they certainly wouldn't place at a show. Just thought I'd weigh in on this not being an issue for me from a functionality issue.
 
Jul 18, 2018
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Nebraska
My lavender araucana hens have this issue (New Zealand type which is UK type). They always just look a bit like they've been pulled through a hedge backwards, however with a very good diet (I feed fermented crushed whole grains, mixed with pullet grower crumb fresh milled from a local producer, and meat and bone meal 3x week, fresh greens daily plus free range time, and ad-lib oyster shell seperately) the feathers haven't lost functionality, and they do live with a rooster. Even after brooding chicks I'm not concerned, however they certainly wouldn't place at a show. Just thought I'd weigh in on this not being an issue for me from a functionality issue.
I completely agree, no issue with functionality at all! I'd just like to be able to show them 😂
I'm majoring in poultry science, and it would definitely be cool if this could be something I research for my master's or something, as it would combine my two interests of nutrition and genetics. However, I highly doubt that will happen as it doesn't have a commercial application and so it wouldn't be economically feasible research to run.
 

kurby22

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My lavender araucana hens have this issue (New Zealand type which is UK type). They always just look a bit like they've been pulled through a hedge backwards, however with a very good diet (I feed fermented crushed whole grains, mixed with pullet grower crumb fresh milled from a local producer, and meat and bone meal 3x week, fresh greens daily plus free range time, and ad-lib oyster shell seperately) the feathers haven't lost functionality, and they do live with a rooster. Even after brooding chicks I'm not concerned, however they certainly wouldn't place at a show. Just thought I'd weigh in on this not being an issue for me from a functionality issue.
Yeah, mine are functional just not show quality, and really hard to determine gender when young! You can see how my Ameraucanas almost look a bit silkied and my rooster has little duster broom wing feathers and a sad looking tail. I love them all though!
 

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