Older disabled Cockerel acting as Surrogate Mom.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Compost King, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Compost King

    Compost King Free Ranging

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    I have a disabled Dark Cornish cockerel chick who is 6 weeks old, He couldn't really move to the outside brooder with chicks his own age so he was left behind with 2 OEGB chicks who are 2 weeks old. Instead of going under the brooder plate the OEGB started going under the disabled Cockerel, and he started keeping them warm with no resistance.
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  2. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Awwwww! Cute!

    How is he disabled? Just curious.
     
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  3. Compost King

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    one of his legs is backwards, I guess it was dislocated at hatch. I thought about culling him but he kept getting to water and food on his own so I kept him. He is the only Dark Cornish I have and I want to cross him with another bird.. Going to need to learn Artificial Insemination and cross him with a Dorking hen.
     
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  4. BlueBaby

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    He was probably just happy to have company in there with him again.
     
  5. ChickNanny13

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    :love Adorable :hugs
     
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  6. ShannonR

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    While I have no problems with you keeping him (to each their own),as long as quality of life is good that is....why would you want this guy to reproduce and potentially pass any deformities or less than perfect traits to his offspring? Wouldn't it be more practical and inexpensive to simply find a cockerel or rooster of this type to use for breeding to your Dorking hen?
     
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  7. Compost King

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    a dislocated leg is not genetic, if I find another one I will use it.
     
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  8. ShannonR

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    It sounds congenital, tbh. I'm not trying to argue or anything, but how does a newly hatched chick turn a leg around all the way backwards?
     
  9. Compost King

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    Shrink wrapped egg
     
  10. ShannonR

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    Your guess as to what happened to this guy's leg is just that. A guess, at best. There is no way to know for sure
     

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