Wheaten and Blue wheaten Marans Discussion Thread

WhitChick44

Hatching
Jun 19, 2015
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0
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Hi everyone,
I'm sorry to cut into the conversation but I'm very concerned about my wheaten marans chicks and I'd like to consult those with more wheaten marans knowledge. I purchased some wheaten chicks one week old and younger, and now both cockerels have died when each reached the two week mark on the dot. They act a little sleepy and sluggish and all of the sudden pass. I've ruled out the most common causes of chick deaths, but after speaking to a gentleman about his Ameraucana breeding program, I'm starting to question if my newly bought chicks could have some poor hereditary traits due to limited bloodlines. Has anyone else experienced this with their wheatens and should I be concerned about my three pullets still alive? Thank you for any advice, info.
 

knjinnm

Songster
9 Years
Oct 5, 2010
1,273
24
151
Sandia Park, NM
I've been reading the same group of 10 or 15 birdsin a closed flockfor close to eight years

I agree with Randy, selecting the best for future breeders is the key to a healthy flock. Highly inbred chickens would most likely exhibit defects such as poor weight gain, failing egg production, declining hatch rates, loss of feather color, structural deformities.
 

dvoice

Songster
6 Years
Jul 18, 2013
262
130
131
Nanaimo, BC Canada
I'm thinking #3 a roo. Hoping 1&2 are pullets. ???
400

https://www.backyardchickens.com/conte
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dvoice

Songster
6 Years
Jul 18, 2013
262
130
131
Nanaimo, BC Canada
Sorry. Missed #1

https://www.backyardchickens.com/conte
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