Mottled Houdan Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chump, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. chump

    chump Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2010
    Can anybody tell me if 5 toe gene for houdan is recessive or dominant? Our first chick hatched 2 days ago. Looks like mottled houdan and has 5 toes but we are not sure if its not mixed because our rooster and hens were together with bunch of other breeds too. Thot I read something bout 5 toes not forming if its not pure bred so I was wondering of anyone knew and could tell me
  2. napalongtails

    napalongtails New Egg

    Feb 21, 2011
    Not sure of the answer, but with our silkies 5 toes doesn't always happen even when they are pure. I did judge a show up north here last year and I had a lovely houdan hen in front of me, but I had to DQ her because she only had 4 toes. Had she had 5 I would have given her best of show. Keep us informed of your little one and may it be a keeper!!
  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I've had the 5th toe show up 3 generations removed from silkies. They don't have to be pure anything to inherit it.
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Polydactyly is a dominant trait, but has variable expression.

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