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Rumpless Ameraucana chick??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rhodiegal, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. rhodiegal

    rhodiegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently received 2 Ameraucana chicks from a hatchery. One of the chicks looks like his back is too short - or there is no tail. It looks alot different than the other one. This chick was also a bit sickly at first with curled up toes on one foot. Could this just be a deformed chick or is it possible that a 'rumpless' gene from way back has shown itself (I have no clue about poultry genetics/breeding)? I would post pictures, but for the life of me, I cannot get it to work following the directions.
     
  2. Anne

    Anne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be deformed or not developing properly, or it could be rumpless. Occasionally people do get rumpless birds from hatchery stock, I think some hatcheries have a few rumpless breeders. As the chick grows, it will become apparent whether or not it is rumpless. How old is it now?
     
  3. Ol'FashionHen

    Ol'FashionHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have found that most of my darker in color Ameraucanas, do have a defect of curled toes, one of my girls toes on one foot were so curled .. the poor thing.
    But all my blue's have straight toes no defects! [​IMG]
     
  4. rhodiegal

    rhodiegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chick is 4 days old. The other chick of the same breed has a very defined tail area. This one has absolutely nothing. It looks like it's back is missing vertebrae or something!

    As for the curled toes - the fact that she has that and was a bit listless at first did make me think it was just a chick that had some problems. It has perked up now - I did not think it would make it at first. I was a bit surprised they sent me a chick with a foot all curled up like that - you would think they would notice.
     

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