Baby Chick with 4 toes but 5 toenails

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by speckles, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. speckles

    speckles Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I have two baby chicks that were supposed to be barred rock but were born with feathered feet..so obviously not barred rocks, maybe cuckoo maran crosses? So they are three weeks old and I noticed that the male has a toenail coming out of the top of each foot at the top of the third toe. No toe attached just a nail. Then I went to look at the female and she has this starting too.

    Is there a breed out there that does this..or is it just a defect?

    They will look pretty mean as they get older:)

    Any thought or advice would be great

    Thanks
    Cheryl
     
  2. Cab the Mane

    Cab the Mane Out Of The Brooder

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    That's the claw they use to take down Hadrosaurs in packs... Err I mean... it's probably just a strange inherited trait... perhaps a distant five-toed ancestor?


    Do you notice the claw impeding movement at all?
     
  3. speckles

    speckles Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    No they dont seem to affect his walking but they are only three weeks right now. The extra nail goes straight up. I've never seen anything like it. I was thinking they may be more related to a velociraptor except the toenail is on the outside of the foot [​IMG]

    Oh well..hopefully it will not affect them as they get older

    Thanks
    Cheryl
     

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