My chick has no tail!

HorseGirlAbby

❤️🐴 🐔
Premium Feather Member
May 14, 2021
1,572
10,580
616
Eastern WA
So, I have eight eight-week-old chicks, that I hatched this spring. Out of the eight, four or five are pullets, and one, Mohawk, doesn't have a tail! They are half-Ameraucana, and Mohawk's mom is Silver-laced Wyandotte. Her full sister has a very nice tail. Is the Araucana gene just very prevalent in this chick? Or is she just growing slower? Here's a picture:
IMG_9152.JPG
And one of her head, if that makes any difference:
IMG_9141.JPG
Thanks in advance for any help!
 

Katanahamon

Songster
Jun 25, 2021
590
1,425
186
So, I have eight eight-week-old chicks, that I hatched this spring. Out of the eight, four or five are pullets, and one, Mohawk, doesn't have a tail! They are half-Ameraucana, and Mohawk's mom is Silver-laced Wyandotte. Her full sister has a very nice tail. Is the Araucana gene just very prevalent in this chick? Or is she just growing slower? Here's a picture:
View attachment 2756902
And one of her head, if that makes any difference:
View attachment 2756903
Thanks in advance for any help!
Ameraucanas were bred from Araucanas and others..so..yes..your bird has some of those genes present, but, is it possible your bird lost its tail feathers, or will grow it, or has it always been this way?
History. The Ameraucana was developed in the United States in the 1970s from Araucana chickens brought from Chile. It was bred to retain the unusual blue-egg gene of the Araucana, but eliminate the tufted and rumpless lethal alleles of the parent breed. ... The name derives from "America" and "Araucana".
 
Last edited:

Katanahamon

Songster
Jun 25, 2021
590
1,425
186
They wouldn't gave Araucana genetics unless they had Araucana in them. Ameraucana and Araucana are different breeds entirely
Ameraucanas were bred from the Araucana, hence the name. They aren’t entirely unrelated.
“History. The Ameraucana was developed in the United States in the 1970s from Araucana chickens brought from Chile. It was bred to retain the unusual blue-egg gene of the Araucana, but eliminate the tufted and rumpless lethal alleles of the parent breed. ... The name derives from "America" and "Araucana". I suspect the chick lost its tail feathers, or they haven’t come in yet..
 

HorseGirlAbby

❤️🐴 🐔
Premium Feather Member
May 14, 2021
1,572
10,580
616
Eastern WA
Ameraucanas were bred from Araucanas and others..so..yes..your bird has those genes present, but, is it possible your bird lost its tail feathers, or has it always been this way?
History. The Ameraucana was developed in the United States in the 1970s from Araucana chickens brought from Chile. It was bred to retain the unusual blue-egg gene of the Araucana, but eliminate the tufted and rumpless lethal alleles of the parent breed. ... The name derives from "America" and "Araucana".
She never lost her tail feathers, she was always that way, until a month ago. She grew all her tail feathers in, and now looks just like a normal chick. I thought they had Araucana genes!
 

Katanahamon

Songster
Jun 25, 2021
590
1,425
186
She never lost her tail feathers, she was always that way, until a month ago. She grew all her tail feathers in, and now looks just like a normal chick. I thought they had Araucana genes!
The blue egg gene is an Araucana gene..that’s where they got it from..but they bred out the “rumpless” gene because it was associated with a lethal outcome, and improved the rate of lay..
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom