This isn't the best pic (I will take more in a few days if it lives), but we hatched a 3 legged Maran today! Two of the legs are fused and the other is normal. It is also blind on the fused leg side. That being said, it seems to be getting all around the brooder and drinking and eating. I've never had a chick hatched with that or the blindness. Do you know what causes this? I am thinking it might have been a double yolker that didn't form right, because I can't tell anything when I candle the Maran eggs untill there is a pretty big embryo (then it is dark- does this make sense?). Ive never had a problem with any of my chicks (except crooked toes one time, and we've hatched over 1000 chicks!), so assuming this little guy survives and can get around, is only being able to see in one eye going to be an issue? Anyone else have an adult chicken with eyesight in only one eye?
Let's just say that was a pretty big suprise today!! (And of course, the kids named it Tripod)