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#1 2012-01-16 04:39:10

choctawgal
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From: Washington, USA
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(NON Emerg.) Baffling--"grizzled looking" Cuckoo Maran

Hi,

I have an interesting case here, and can't find anything about what this may be...

Mara is one of my original hens, is only less than a year old, yet has looked old and grizzled since she was about 20 weeks.

1.  She has a dull feather coat, brownish rather than the black and white cuckoo pattern the rest of her Maran sisters have.

2.  The left side of her head looks malformed, as if the bones of her upper and lower jaws had over developed.  (I palpated the enlarged area and it doesn't seem to be the soft tissue at all, rather the bones underneath.)

3.  When I bring scratch grains, she is usually one of the girls eating out of my hand.  This is where I have seen that she has to swallow slowly and quite deliberately... perhaps the malformation makes it hard to swallow?

4.  Her muscle tone is poor... I can feel the vertebra in her neck and she's very light for her size.  (Nutritional component?)

5.  I'm also sure there is no egg production, because there is very little space between her pin bones and just as little space between the keel bone and the pins.  (I'm assuming because of the poor nutritional state she has.)

This "syndrome" appears to not be present in the rest of the flock.  I'm wondering if anyone knows what this may be... nutritional, genetic, or ??  I have pictures attached.

Thank you!  Jenn

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Nashoba Family Farm: "Jill of many trades," service dog trainer/handler.  Owned by 2 svc dogs, 4 turkeys, 9 ducks, 1 rabbit, and manage Mother Clucker's Egg Co-op: a 75 hen, co-op owned, pastured, heritage flock.
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#2 2012-01-16 04:56:42

ipf
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From: Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
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Re: (NON Emerg.) Baffling--"grizzled looking" Cuckoo Maran

Well, I may sound like a broken record, but my best guess, based on what you say, is inbreeding. What do you know about her genetic background?

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#3 2012-01-16 08:31:18

choctawgal
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Re: (NON Emerg.) Baffling--"grizzled looking" Cuckoo Maran

She was a hatchery chick from the feed store, so it is very likely.


Nashoba Family Farm: "Jill of many trades," service dog trainer/handler.  Owned by 2 svc dogs, 4 turkeys, 9 ducks, 1 rabbit, and manage Mother Clucker's Egg Co-op: a 75 hen, co-op owned, pastured, heritage flock.
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#4 2012-01-16 12:07:09

poplar girl
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Re: (NON Emerg.) Baffling--"grizzled looking" Cuckoo Maran

Poor girl. I can definitely see the abnormality and it would make complete sense that all her other symptoms are a result of not being able to eat properly. If and when i saw that she is suffering, i know I would put her out of her misery. :hug:

We had to cull Speckles, one of my EO pullets, at Christmas. She just kept loosing weight for months until she was just skin and bones. No matter what I fed her, how I babied her, she was lethargic and disinterested in eating. Nothing obvious like your girl but at some point I just couldn't watch her go down hill any more.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#5 2012-01-16 13:37:26

choctawgal
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Re: (NON Emerg.) Baffling--"grizzled looking" Cuckoo Maran

Thanks PG!

I'm in complete agreement with watching her quality of life.  :thumbs:  As long as she continues to forage with the others, and can still swallow the hand fed grain, I'm happy to have her around to brighten my day!

...though my wife suggested that maybe I should buy her some yogurt/cottage cheese mixed with the broiler mash to add to her morning treats, and see if she can handle it okay.  I think I'm going to see how that goes, since I was going to give my little blind ameracauna(EE) gal some anyway.  (Me and my special needs kids! *laughter*)

Yikes!  0530 and I still need to close my eyes for a little bit!  ACK!  I blame way too many night shifts... way back when I was still working in healthcare!... yeah.... thats the ticket!...  :Crazy:  :funny:

:surfing:  Jenn


Nashoba Family Farm: "Jill of many trades," service dog trainer/handler.  Owned by 2 svc dogs, 4 turkeys, 9 ducks, 1 rabbit, and manage Mother Clucker's Egg Co-op: a 75 hen, co-op owned, pastured, heritage flock.
Please "like" me at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mother-C … ef=tn_tnmn
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#6 2012-01-16 15:15:38

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: (NON Emerg.) Baffling--"grizzled looking" Cuckoo Maran

Sounds like she is in the best hands. I have nothing to add except I hope she enjoys being pampered  and agree there's a good chance it's genetics.  I think tumours or infection up in her head and face probably would have been fatal by now  and it just sounds more like a developmental abnormality. Here's hoping it stops and she can live out her life relatively normally. 

Be warned when giving chickens yoghurt and wet dairy products....they flick it all over :funny: and depending on how close you are, you will end up wearing it.  My sumatras will even go as far as to wipe their beaks on me the rude girls :stomp:

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