Silkie or nor a Silkie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by claireree, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. claireree

    claireree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have recently purchased 3 silkies a cockerel and 2 hens, I have been told that pure silkies have a extra toe, is this correct. My cockerel does but only one of the hens does.
     
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ye, they have an extra toe. If they are hatchery birds expect them to be different.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes silkies should have 5 toes, but there are variations that occur in breeding, and thus even silkie breeders will have ones born with 4 toes on occasion. They simply call these "pet quality" and don't use them for breeding.

    It is possible of course that they are crosses since a picture isn't included in your thread, but you can definitely have four toes and it be a "pet quality" silkie.
     

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