Silkie with an extra toe?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 98Luna, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. 98Luna

    98Luna Chirping

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    I had a silkie hatch yesterday, and on its right foot, it has six toes. I have another with its fifth toe pointed a different direction, parallel to its leg. These are not my chickens, I hatched someones else's eggs for them. I'm sure an extra toe won't affect health much, but why does it happen, and how often for silkies?
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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    Its pretty normal for Silkies. If temp was off at some point during incubation it could have caused them to express differently, it could be related to the parents genetics.

    It wont bother them at all, and won't be an issue as far as health is concerned. Silkies already have extra toes, sometimes they just get more or less than they're supposed to have :)
     
  3. micah O

    micah O Chirping

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    at the computer.
    Never known it too happen.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    Thats relatively common in five toed breeds like Silkies. While you shouldn't show birds like that, it won't affect their ability to be great pets and egg layers.
     
  5. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Songster

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    I had a White Silkie Cockerel that had Six toes on both feet.
     

  6. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Songster

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    And I have a White Silkie Hen with four toes on one foot.
     
  7. I think a 6 toed chicken is neat. wish I had one.
     
  8. 98Luna

    98Luna Chirping

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    haha I think it has to do with the genetics. It looks really healthy otherwise though! Thanks for your input.
     
  9. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Yes its common in silkies and won't bother her at all usually. The only issue with a extra toe is you can't show the bird. Other than that it should be just fine. . best wishes.
     

  10. 98Luna

    98Luna Chirping

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    I just noticed last night, one toe on that foot is half the usual length and bent backwards a little. She walks fine though.
     

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