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Pullet almost missing one forward toe on each foot

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Hey guys! I thought I'd show you my mixed-breed pullet who's outer forward toes are reduced to little clawless stumps. She was hatched like this, didn't lose the toes in an accident, or something:

 

 

She' happy and healthy anyway, scratching and running with the rest of them.

 

I call her my little "Ninja Mutant Chicken" because her feet remind me of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles' feet. ;)

 

This is the first time I've seen this in any chicken.


Edited by Henrik Petersson - 12/29/15 at 7:19am
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I suppose it is uncommon to be hatched like this.      I had a few chickens that lost  some or all of their toes after reaching some age.  (about 7 or 8 years).   They were of the feathered feet variety,  cochins or mixes of.     My  serama/cochin mix had no toes at all for a long time.   Still was able to walk well and even land and stay on roost with no problem.   I do not know the reason for the toes breaking off.   I suspect osteoporosis,  and when the bone snapped, soon the rest just dried and  fell off. 

My current flock of 7 hens. 2 Rhode island reds 6 months. Black serama cochin 6 years. Black and white Japanese bantam 6 years+. 2 English game hens, 3 and 4 years. and Auracana 8 years +. They all have names.

She is the small black hen  above the middle.   I no longer have her. :(

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As you can tell, this one has feathered legs. She is part Pekin. Maybe something similar happened to her, but pre-natally.
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None of my other chickens that had  non feathered feed lost any toes.   Maybe it is something in the genetics???   Most of my chickens live long lives.(I only keep a few and pets only). Longest living so far was my Silver  Seabrite  that lived 13 years.   The Easter Egger that is  all the way on the right side of the picture will be 10 this coming April. 

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