How many toes should my chicken have?

cgoodloe

Chirping
9 Years
Dec 10, 2010
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Clovis
Thanks! The EEers don't have but 3 toes right now. Nothing budding on the backs of their legs yet. But the RIR do have the little toe sticking out. I just hope it doesn't take too long to determine roosters because I don't want to feed a bunch of roosters that I intend on giving away.
 

silkiechicken

Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
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Everett WA/Corvallis OR
Oh, and about finding out roosters, feet and legs will be last to really tell you anything. You'll be better off watching comb/wattle development at about 4-6weeks. If it reddens before 8 weeks, they are likly boys. Girls don't redden up till later.
 

sallywithchickens

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 13, 2011
44
1
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Blacksburg, VA
We got some Ameraucanas and A-Buff cross at a chicken swap and they have three toes in the front and two in the back. Is this normal? they aren't purebreds - my husband says they're freaks, but I think it's in the breed.
 

trusty2001

Hatching
6 Years
Jul 16, 2013
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0
6
My wife and I just started a flock so we're new and I may be wrong but I grew up on a small backyard farm and have been around farm animals a lot. Anyway, we have adult birds and a bunch of chicks and all of them have three front toes and a back spur and every bird I've ever seen has the same. Hope that helps
 

darcy2

Hatching
5 Years
Jul 4, 2014
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7
Hello I have six brand new chicks and one has black skin so it is most likely a silkie it has 5 toes and I also have 5 more chicks and I don't know what breed they are they all have 4 toes. Does anyone know if this is normal. Looking forward to hearing from you.
 
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darcy2

Hatching
5 Years
Jul 4, 2014
4
0
7
Thanks heaps for the information. Would the chickens with 4 toes be a cross breed because the rooster is a silkie.
 

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