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Meet Mickey! our... silkie?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SimmyChicky, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. SimmyChicky

    SimmyChicky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats what I assume from the feathered feet and extra toes. But this lil cutie has 1 deformed toe. Not sure what to make of it. Is it part of that bad gene in silkies? We got him from some friends quite a distance away

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  2. spitfirecream15

    spitfirecream15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's odd! I've never seen anything like it! Is Micky purebred? I don't think Silkies carry any lethal genes (?) so what caused that toe I don't know. do you have any other chickens or silkies?
     
  3. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a cross, not a silkie the feathering is off.
     
  4. Spring-Chicken

    Spring-Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    He's not a silkie if he's growing proper feathers. There are other breeds with 5 toes, and plenty with feathered feet. Maybe a Faverolle mix?
     
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  5. SimmyChicky

    SimmyChicky Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think he was purebred, but I was told that they seen a Silkie rooster in the flock that Mickey came from.
    I was wondering if there was any other extra toe'd chickies but I couldn't find any info on other types.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Mickey is definitely not a pure blood Silkie. Other breeds with five toes include Dorkings and Faverolles.
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Extra toes and/or nails are not uncommon on 5 toed birds. The five toed breeds are silkies, Houdans, Sultans, Dorkings and Faverolles. Silkies are the most common of those breeds so it is possible there is one somewhere in his background.
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I don't even think Mickey has ever met a silkie - though some hatchery bred can have hard feathers, pink skin, wrong number of toes etc - just probably from very poor parents. Just because Mickey isn't pure silky doesn't mean you can't enjoy him just as Mickey. If you needed/wanted him to improve your stock - well, he's not up to that. Generally I advise people to beware of friends bearing chickens. They tend not to live up to expectations.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    He is not a Silkie; possibly a Silkie mix.
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     

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