Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
AZEEZ, Odunayo I. and OYAGBEMI, Ademola A.. First report of polymelia and a rudimentary wing in a Nigerian Nera black chicken. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2013, vol.84, n.1, pp. 1-3. ISSN 2224-9435.
A case of polymelia with a rudimentary wing is described in an eight-week-old Nera black chicken (Gallus domesticus). It is a rare disorder with chromosomal aberrations, which are associated with congenital limb malformations. The condition was observed during routine physical examination of a flock of 2000 poultry birds in the month of February 2008 in Ibadan, Nigeria. After physical examination, the bird was found to have two extra well-developed legs, which were shorter than the normal legs. These extra legs were also found to be non-functional. Similarly, a rudimentary wing, which was highly vestigial, was found on the left lateral side of the bird very close to the cloaca. The bird died at the age of eight weeks. This is the first reported case of polymelia with a rudimentary wing in a domestic chicken in Nigeria.