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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by SeramaSweetie, Jan 13, 2009.
About to head to bed to get ready for work again tomorrow!
When they start growing the feathers, the boys will have a black band around "their collar" and the girls will have the lacing around their collar.
This is a female. Lacing all over back of neck. Boy will have a solid black band there.
First, the curled toe. Her mother likely had a vitamin-B deficiency when her egg was created. So the chick developed curled toes.
But that means it is very likely that the chick is deficient in some vitamins too. The standing issue could be because of the toes. But I would strongly suggest keeping her separate for a bit, and upping her protein. You can try Whey protein that they sell for people at Wal-mart. But I would go buy some mealworms, crickets, etc., and let her have those. You'll get a LOT more enjoyment out of watching her eat it, lol!
Although a vitamin supplement from Tractor Supply wouldn't hurt at all. But for the growth part, you really need lots of protein. If you have most of them on a grower feed, try putting her (and only her) back on a starter feed. It has a higher protein content. But you want to keep her separate to make sure SHE is getting the food, and the others aren't pushing her away from it, especially now that they are so much bigger.
Also, go with what abmaddox said to fix the curled toes. Giving vitamin supplements won't fix it. You have to force the toes to stay straight so it will begin to develop straight.
But the combination of curled toes and being weak tells me that she is probably STILL missing vitamins and minerals somewhere.
Here is the weird part about Ameraucanas. Even if you have two pure Ameraucanas and one is one color (like Wheaten) and the other one is another 'approved standard' color, and they breed together, your chicks would be considered Easter Eggers because they would no longer "breed true" to their 'approved standard' color. They would be a mix (of color) and no longer considered an Ameraucana! This is a HUGE issue on the "Ameraucana" thread on the BYC. So if you want pure Ameraucanas, both parents would have to come from the same color of Ameraucana.
Good to know! Thanks!!
1 hatched, 2 zipping, a lot of cheeping!!!
Yes, that's what confused me from the very beginning. It's actually very silly, if you think about it. It took quite a while, and lots of research, but I finally have it down.
I have 2 standard Ameraucanas, but the rest are EEs. One of my roos is a blue wheaten Ameraucana, except his comb is weird, so he's officially an EE