Marans chick born the wrong color and blind.........?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emrldgrn1, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. emrldgrn1

    emrldgrn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched some French BLACK Copper Marans and some BLRW chicks (not mixed just in the same incubator) and every one seemed happy and healthy. Over the first night I noticed one little chick that seemed a bit sluggish so I gave it a bit of vitamin water. No problems there either. It seemed much happier and perkier by this morning. I went out to feed everyone this afternoon and noticed that this little chick was still sitting in the same spot not moving around the brooder much. So I nudged it over to the water and encouraged it to get a drink. The little thing kept missing the water bowl and kept hunting for it with its head down. This got me curious. I picked it up and looked close. It looks just fine. So I tap my finger toward its eyes...... no blink or flinch response [​IMG]. This little booger is blind! [​IMG] I just figured that it was a BLRW because of its color, but while inspecting this lil one to see what the problem might be I have come to the conclusion that this is a MARANS chick!!!!!! [​IMG]

    It has feathered shanks it can only be from my FBCM eggs. This baby should be BLACK! instead she is a caramel with lots of cream color. I have hatched hundreds of Marans eggs and I have never seen this Genetic deviation before. Has any one else seen this before? AND how do I teach a blind chick to eat???? Obviously this will be a cull but if it is a hen I will let her be a pet on my farm if I can teach her to eat and she survives. I cant see killing her now just because she is blind but otherwise healthy. Im too soft hearted.
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  2. SussexChicks

    SussexChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    She will have to be culled as she will be very vunerable to predators and she may be at the bottom of the pecking order because she cannot defend herself
     
  3. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possibly albino??
     
  4. shamrockmommy

    shamrockmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, sure is interesting! I'm a softie too and probably would wind up with a special house chicken :) Good luck with her whatever you decide!
     
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  5. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she not even following the other ones cheeping?
    Looks like she has been managing so far cos she is lovely and chunky.
    Poss you will have to keep her in a special pen cos of predators but poss her other senses hearing etc will take over to compensate. She could be the one warning the others when predators are around that they can't see.
    Sounds daft but could you put a tiny christmas bell on the water and a different bell on the food so if she isn't following the others she can hear them eating.
    If you tinkle the bell and hand feed her she may learn that the sound means food.
    They say chickens can't be taught but when mine see me in normal shoes they take no notice. In my wellies they know it is feed time and come running!
     
  6. emrldgrn1

    emrldgrn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bell is a good idea. I'm willing to give it a try [​IMG]. I also though about using feed as bedding. It would kind of make it hard for the lil thing to miss it that way. Expensive, but?. [​IMG]
     
  7. Alaska Henhouse

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    I wish someone could tell you. I have two Black Copper Maran hens and BCMaran rooster. I have hatched two dozen chicks...all are black with hairy legs and feet, and a white bottom. Today I watched a yellow chick emerge from a dark chocolate egg...I have only 1 rooster, and he's the Maran. This little yellow chick has yellow hairy legs and feet, and looks just like a Wheaton Maran...somebody please make sense of this.What just happened?
     
  8. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    emrldgrn1- What happened with your chick?
     
  9. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The starter of this threat, back in March, had a chick that they though was blind. I was wondering how the chick was doing today.
     

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