5 toed cockerel

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lamberts chooks, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. lamberts chooks

    lamberts chooks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a polish bantam cockerel, and was hoping that one day I would breed him with my girls (non polish girls, so cross breed babies, but the girls are booted, thought that would be a lovely mix with their dad's crest and mums boots) and also at some stage getting an unrelated polish girl to create some pures!
    When I first bought Claude, I noticed one foot had 5 toes, the other had 4, I did question the breeder who told me he was supposed to have this!!! I didn't believe it, but bought Claude anyway as I'm new to owning a cockerel and other than that, he's perfect!
    I was reading a post on here the other day saying that because of this anomaly, they shouldn't be bred, now I'm feeling pretty upset about it. Anybody else in my boat?
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    It could be gene from way back that's reoccurring. I have polish and I have frizzle pullet that's got feathery legs and she shouldn't. Mum and Dad don't have feather legs after posting on here some one told me it was probably from way back from a booted breed that was maybe bred into the polish to get the frizzle gene into them. They then breed back to polish to keep the frizzle gene. With five toes I would think it was maybe a silkie that has sneaked in some where along the line. I had a silkie cross that had five toes the Pom Pom but other wise looked like a normal hen body wise. Hope this helps and good luck with breeding. :frow
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I don't know much about this breed. You might stop by the Polish thread and discuss this with others that own this breed. Maybe they can shine some light on this...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/585953/i-have-to-talk-polish

    Good luck with your breeding program and welcome to our flock!
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. I'm not sure why one foot would have five and the other four.

    If all you want is pets, it is probably fine to breed him to your hens. It would only be a significant problem if you were breeding for show or trying to perfect a breed.
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you for posting that TwoCrows I didn't realise there was that thread also for polish :highfive:
     
  6. hollys chooks

    hollys chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sure whoever said "shouldn't be bred" was talking about breeding a particular breed, meaning it is undesirable to pass on traits that would not be showable. If you are going to produce cross bred chicks that are for the backyard it shouldn't matter. Enjoy your rooster.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree , unless you plan to sell show/breeder quality birds - use him with your flock and enjoy him.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on Wyandottes7's advice.
     

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