One TOENAIL a Different COLOR?! What's up with THAT? (pictures incl.)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ADozenGirlz, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    6,117
    68
    291
    Oct 18, 2009
    Connecticut
    Both of my Ameraucana chicks, who are 14 weeks old, have a toenail on each foot that is a different color from the rest. What's THAT all about? Is it normal or an anomoly? I've never seen anything like it.

    [​IMG]
    Here are Bessie and Clarice:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Bessie:
    [​IMG]
    Clarice:
    [​IMG]
    No sign of different colored toenails early-on:
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2010
  2. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    732
    1
    121
    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    A couple of my BSLs have a different color toenail than their toes. The color corresponds to the color of the toe pad underneath. For the most part, they have black feet, but a couple have yellow spots on the tips of their toes, so their nails are also yellow.
     
  3. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    184
    1
    103
    Aug 1, 2010
    California
    Maybe like a calcium deficiency, you know how people get calcium deposits on their finger nails? Just a guess...
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It happens. I've had plenty of pet quality silkies with that "issue". They are supposed to have black skin, but often on the lighter skinned ones the tip of their big middle toe will be white, and when they grow up, their skin turns the normal grey, but that toe nail usually stays white like a normal chicken. Nothing to worry about, just pigmentation distribution.
     
  5. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

    447
    0
    119
    Dec 2, 2009
    Australia
    Ive had two unrelated cross breed hens with one different coloured toe on each foot (middle toe).
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by