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I have 6 chicks that I have no idea what breed they are except Easter Eggers. 1 definitely has 5 toes and feathered legs and its much bigger than the rest. 2 are the smallest of the bunch and also have little feathers growing on their legs. However, 1 has 4 toes and the other has 5 toes on one foot while the other foot has 4 toes with a little nail growing out of the fourth toe. Should I be worried about that foot??? Can anyone help? I've already posted pics on here somewhere, and I would just love to know what my chicks are.

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I would love to see pics...does not sound like your average EEs to me....

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I would love to see pics too. 

 

Silkies have five toes and feathered feet. I have some silkie mixes and they have five toes and feathered feet as well.

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I believe that Marans have 5 toes and feathered legs...and so do faverolles. 

 

Check out some Marans peeps and see what you think.  Just a guess but I have a NN/cuckoo marans mix with 5 toes and feathered legs :)

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I believe that Marans have 5 toes and feathered legs...and so do faverolles. 

 

Check out some Marans peeps and see what you think.  Just a guess but I have a NN/cuckoo marans mix with 5 toes and feathered legs :)



Marans do not (or at least should not) have 5 toes.  Marans bred to the French standard have feathered legs; those bred to the English standard do not.

 

There are 5 five-toed breed: dorkings, faverolles, houdans, silkies and sultans.  Faverolles, silkies and sultans have feathered legs; dorkings and houdans do not.  Of course the other option is that you have mixed breeds.

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Thank you.  I was misinformed...that's the great thing about this site!  I am always learning or relearning something :)  Now to figure out where my rooster got his 5 toes!  He has none of the characteristics of any of the breads listed :(

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Marans do not (or at least should not) have 5 toes.  Marans bred to the French standard have feathered legs; those bred to the English standard do not.

 

There are 5 five-toed breed: dorkings, faverolles, houdans, silkies and sultans.  Faverolles, silkies and sultans have feathered legs; dorkings and houdans do not.  Of course the other option is that you have mixed breeds.

 

 

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post #8 of 9
Looks like a Faverolle. My salmon Faverolle has similar feathering, but a tiny lighter on top with the 5 toes.

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Edited by Nicole01 - 4/19/12 at 7:24am
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Thanks, everyone! They probably are mixed breed as they are from a farm.

 

Here's a updated pic of the chick with 5 toes and feathered legs. I do have 2 more chicks with feathers starting on their legs, but only one has 5 toes100_4771.jpg.100_4783-1.jpg

In this pic, the gray chick has 5 toes and feathers, while the little brown one only has feathers growing.

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