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2nd Jersey Giant rooster with leg injuries

 
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We are just wrapping up our second batch of black Jersey Giants and I wonder if anyone else has had a similar issue. We kept a rooster from the first batch, who developed a limp the day after I culled all the other candidates. He turned out not to be a gentleman once he was the sole male in the henhouse (extremely aggressive toward humans, fine with hens) and had his date with the killing cone.

The second batch was ordered as all pullets but of course one of them is a cockerel. He's about 15 weeks, not crowing or attempting mating yet. He too is limping. The birds were raised in different housing systems. None of the 35-40 hens have any leg problems, all the birds are foraging well. The limping doesn't seem to keep the boys from doing anything they want. But nevertheless, he is lame and that's no good.

If I keep him, it will just be until next summer. I like the idea of having a well-mannered rooster in the flock, but I don't want to carry on a trait for leg weaknesses. Two out of two is not conclusive, but the trend is disturbing. I'm hoping Adam Klaus will chime in, he's the Jersey Giant expert. Perhaps others have experience/wisdom on this problem? Do you think it's the breed, the breeding line/hatchery, my management, bad luck or a common hazard of being a rooster?
 
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I dont have any experience with Jersey Giants, but out of curiosity what company is the supplier? I am thinking I am going to avoid this supplier for Jersey Giants because my initial guess is that bad genetics may be the main culprit.
 
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Mt. Healthy. The chickies seemed healthy indeed on arrival. I'm too new a chicken keeper to lay this at their door just yet. A neighbor came over today and suggested the coop needs a ramp, being too high for heavy birds to jump. That could explain the second injury, but the first one happened when they were living in a 3-sided structure on the ground with some low branches to roost on at night.
 
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Mt. Healthy has certainly had more than their share of health issues these past 3 years.

See https://permies.com/forums/posts/list/32577#293826 (start several posts prior to that one).

 
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