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Tiny, Sight Impaired Black Ameraucana Update--she's laying! (Pics)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by speckledhen, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Well, Tiny came from a BBS Ameraucana flock, one that was visited by a BLRW rooster, so we got a cross, Rita, and thought Tiny was pure, albeit with a flaw--she is beardless, but looks like a purebred Ameraucana. She cannot see well, can't pick up scratch off the ground; took days to teach her how to eat and drink after she hatched from her pretty blue egg. She does okay, though she is really super attached to us, stemming from all our efforts to keep her alive in her first week of life.

    Three days ago, she laid her first egg, then one the day after and one today. They are pearly beige, to my surprise. Maybe the Wyandotte rooster is her sire after all, but her body type is so petite and streamlined, that doesn't seem likely. Anyway, here are pics of Tiny, who is 24 weeks old, and her egg, next to two other pullet eggs, with my pinky finger for perspective.


    From Left to Right: Rita's, Barbara's, and Tiny's pullet eggs

  2. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
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    She's pretty!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Thanks, she's very delicate, someone even called her "ethereal". Guess she'll now be called an Easter Egger due to her egg color, but that's fine with me. I'm just glad she can lay without any trouble. We didn't know after her hesitant start in life.
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I think her egg color is interesting. She sure looks petite enough to be all Ameraucana. And those fine legs - all mine are fine/petite like that (makes a big difference next to an Orp)

    We (couple BYC members) ordered chicks from a well know Ameraucana breeder - some of the blacks were clean faced. It will be interesting to see what color egg those clean faced chicks lay - I would have guessed blue, but now I do wonder.
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    awe...she's sweet, Cyn! Goodness, she has some long tail! Pretty egg - nice & round - I like those! [​IMG]
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Awe - so cute! Congrats on the egg! :
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Quote:Way back, I was breeding BBS Ameraucanas and had stock from Cree and Rivergait Farms. I did get some beardless blacks out of those on occasion, but to my knowledge, each laid a blue or green-blue egg.
  8. thechickenguy

    thechickenguy Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    woodsfield ohio 43793
    why is she sight impaired ? what happened to her when she was young ? ? ?
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    She hatched that way. She isn't blind, but her depth perception is way off. She sometimes pecks at air and misses stuff. If you give her a pile of food, she just pecks in the middle of it and gets the food, but she can't pick up single pieces of grain, etc. High contrast in color helps her aim better, like chick starter in a red feeder as opposed to a metal one helped her learn to eat.
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I should have brought her back with me...she is such a pesty beauty, perfect for this looney bin.

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