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 . This little booger is blind! 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!!!!!! 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.