Rumpless Marans?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Broke Down Ranch, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So last year during the egg swaps that were going on I got some Marans eggs. I managed to hatch a pair (lucky me!). Well the roo is RUMPLESS. He has never had a tail, doesn't even have the whatever-that's-called-thing that the tail feathers attach to.

    Is this common?
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would say it is not common at all in Marans. Rumplessness is a mutation of sorts. I have also read that it can also be induced by rough handling of eggs during a particular day in incubation.

    Do you have a pic? I bet it looks quite interesting on a Marans.
     
  3. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've never heard of it in Marans. Not a good plan to breed from him. [​IMG]
     
  4. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    I wouldn't breed him if he is. The mutation has been known to be deadly in some other rumpless breeds. That's the last thing you need introduced to the Marans breed. Nip it in the but (no pun intended lol) while you can.
     
  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rumpless isn't a lethal gene. It seems to be associated with reduced fertility & viability.
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Krys is right...rumplessness is not lethal/deadly. I wouldn't breed it either.
     
  7. new-roo

    new-roo Scrambled

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    Quote:I think the only lethal part is to the other chickens laughin themselves to death at a rumpless chicken. [​IMG]
     
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  8. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Why not?
    I would try to breed it and see what you get!
    If it just makes normal chicks, then STOP!!
    (I guess that isnt a good gene to breed into it!?)
    Whats wrong with trying to make a rumpless Maran?
     
  9. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Whats wrong with trying to make a rumpless Maran?

    I can't imagine rumpless Marans catching on & being accepted. If not it might just cause more messes.​
     
  10. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few 5 week old BC Marans chicks I think they may be rumpless. Either that or their tails feathers are super slow at coming in.
     

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