my 3 day old chicks have 5 toes

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kimehag, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. kimehag

    kimehag In the Brooder

    hi all a question for you experienced chicken people ,i have a 5 toed cockerel and i guess he's fathered 2 chicks which now have 5 toes does this mean they are cockerels or could a hen have 5 toes.......
     

  2. bigbuddha09

    bigbuddha09 Chirping

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    thats usually dependent on the chicken breed some have 4 toes some have 5's if he is supposed to have 4 toes then he may not be a purebred has the genetics from somewhere in his past.
     
  3. bigbuddha09

    bigbuddha09 Chirping

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    so in other words it could be a male or a female
     
  4. kimehag

    kimehag In the Brooder

    Hi well I'm not sure if he he pure bred ,if he is can u get hens with 5 toes then
     

  5. bigbuddha09

    bigbuddha09 Chirping

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    he more then likely at one point was mixed with a silkie or sultan or something along those lines so there is a chance that any babies that come from him will either have 4 or 5 toes hen or rooster.
     
  6. bigbuddha09

    bigbuddha09 Chirping

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    im not sure of the exact genetics probably something along the lines of 50%-25% rooster or hen will have 5 toes
     
  7. kimehag

    kimehag In the Brooder

    great thanks ill live in hope then that they could be hens fanksssss
     

  8. bigbuddha09

    bigbuddha09 Chirping

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    not a problem we are always hoping that roosters are always the sweetest for me so im always sad to let them go lol.
     
  9. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing 9 Years

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    Silkies, Sultans, Faverolles, Dorkings and Houdans are the 5 toed breeds. The number of toes is not a sex linked trait, so some of your chicks could be pullets.
     

  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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