6 toes on a Silkie??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Scratchn By, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Scratchn By

    Scratchn By Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey experts!

    Have you ever seen a Silkie with six toes? On each foot...

    Actually, it's more like five split fifth. Two toe nails on one toe.

    Looook! (Little blurred...)

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  2. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

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    interesting.... none of my silkies has ever had more than 5 toes.
     
  3. StoneBridge Farm

    StoneBridge Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen this on some of my old pet quality silkies. Apparently it is not a good trait.
     
  4. Scratchn By

    Scratchn By Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first, of course.

    Not a good thing... [​IMG]

    Thanks for the info!
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Common in hatchery birds, and a DQ.
     
  6. Scratchn By

    Scratchn By Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't believe they're from hatchery lines.

    I'm assuming that means disqualify ? For show purposes, that is...

    Around here DQ means Dairy Queen and people are more concerned with getting it super-sized.[​IMG]

    Obviously, I couldn't care less about poultry judging... [​IMG]
     
  7. VettekLisa

    VettekLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 that I hatched from eggs that have 6 toes on each foot.
    Pretty much they are now just pets, and I will probably end up
    giving them away later. 3 out of the 4 are cockerels.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The polydactyl trait has a lot of variation in expression. Too many toes is not that uncommon a trait. If an otherwise good bird it's okay to breed it, especially if you have any 4-toed silkies to pair it with. If you see extra toes recurring in chicks, then you may want to stop using the bird for breeding.

    There is an extreme variation where an entire extra set of toes occurs on top of the foot. We had one of those who otherwise was an extremely nice quality. We gave her to a pet home where she could be pretty yard candy and get the extra atttention she needed (she much preferred to find and stay in one place than to walk--even to food/water).

    Incorrect number of toes (too few/too many) is a disqualification: DQ.
     
  9. Scratchn By

    Scratchn By Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And do you find that common among hatchery lines? Is that a Silkie issue or will we find such occurrences in other breeds?

    We only had one with this hatch. Cockerel? These eggs are not from our birds, but eggs we purchased. Not too sure of lineage... I will inquire.

    Extra set... Now that's something I'd be interested in seeing. Do you have a photo
     
  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    No photos, my son got her from a friend, but he sorta lost interest and so I gave her to someone who would give her more attention.

    I've only ever had one hatchery silkie, so I can't say. Odd numbers of toes occasionally pop up, and I'd rather deal with too many toes than with poorly separated toes. Of course I'd rather have all perfect toes, but what can I say--perfect birds don't exist, and most judges are satified with the correct number and don't really care about placement.

    I expect the five toed breeds all have this problem, but since silkies are hte only five toed breed I raise, that is speculation and nothing more.
     

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