Silkie or nor a Silkie

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

  1. claireree

    claireree Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    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

    Feb 22, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    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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