2 toenails out of of the middle toe? Whats the deal here?(PICS added)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by funnybirds, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. funnybirds

    funnybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    Have two Polish or Houdans chicks I hatched out Decemeber 21st. Both of them have double toenails growing out of thier middle toes. Bizarre! The third Polish or Houdan chick that hatched from that clutch has a cross beak.

    I'm not sure which variety of chicken they are, as they were sent after ordering Houdans and finding out from the company they had stopped laying, so they sent what they could from the "crested "pen.

    So I will post pics when I get back but wondered had anybody had double toenailed birds before and if you guys thought this was a genetic defect or perhaps an incubation foul up. (We had a bad temp spike early on with this batch.)
    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    They are all doing fine,and are very endearing but I think this disqualifies them from any show opportunities. (4 H birds)

    So here the weird feet are:
    Badda$$'s feet
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    Blackberry's feet :
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    Eagle and Buddy:
    Notice the cross beak on Eagle the Polish Chicken. Buddy is an Easter Egger who survived a horrible shipping fiasco.
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    Blackberry and Buddy
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    Can't remember whose feet these are. I think Blackberry's.:
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    Please forgive me the horrible pictures. Chickens are hard to photograph and chicken feet are a special subclass of difficult. Plus I think the brooder lamp is messing with the exposure a bit. Excuses...excuses...
    So do you think Houdans, Polish or what?
    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  2. Chicken0Boy

    Chicken0Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know, but I really want to! [​IMG]
     
  3. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the toes like a silkie's? [​IMG] ...odd!
     
  4. funnybirds

    funnybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No , but I do know what you are referring to. I have a sultan with those semi fused toes.
    It's like one smaller toenail growing out of the side of the tip of their little chicken middle toes.
    I'm going to post some pictures. Maybe everyone would like to take a guess at their genders too.
    Hint: One is already crowing!

    Its like "Chicken podiatry gone wild!" around here.
     
  5. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Its like "Chicken podiatry gone wild!" around here."

    [​IMG]
     
  6. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year i had a few polish hens that had 2 toenails in one toe! i pulled the extra ones out and they never grew back ( chickens didnt act like it hurt either?)
     
  7. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that really wierd... i have chickens with toes that grow upward, but these...
     
  8. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a golden laced polish roo that has that same issue. I just noticed it yesterday for the first time.
    sharon
     
  9. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    looks like a leg scale sticking out funny...
     
  10. funnybirds

    funnybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lets see if this view is a little better.

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    If it is leg scales then this will be one funky post-apocalyptic looking chicken.
    Yikes!
     

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