4 toe silkie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by abhaya, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    If I hatch eggs from this chicken will all her offspring only have 4 toes on one foot?
    she came from a hen and roo with 5 toes on each foot
     
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Not all of the offspring will have it. That is why the parents have 5 toes. Somewhere in one of their backgrounds, there is a 4 toed bird. If you are breeding, I would not breed the bird with 4 toes and actually would try and figure out if it is the roo or the hen that is throwing the 4-toers and get a different bird.
     
  3. Not all of the chicks will have 4 toes, but all will carry that gene and the 4 toes will keep popping up down the line.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Bred to a 5 or 6 toes bird and the offspring should have the correct number of toes. That said, you always want to breed birds with the best qualities and not breed birds with lesser qualities. Only you can decide if the 4-toed bird is worth breeding or is better passed elsewhere.
     

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