I have 4 Silkie Cockerels 30 and 32 weeks old as well as a Silkie pullet. All had the normal 5 toes as baby chicks, but they have been out free ranging and not being handled much. I noticed a few weeks ago that one had only nubs for the outer toes on both feet. Then a couple days ago I brought another one inside and washed its feet and noticed the same thing. I have not yet checked the other 3 silkies but will later today. Now I have 2 of the boys in the house until I figure out what to do and what it is. Their legs don't look particularly scaley as in pictures on the web, but upon close examination some scales may be a bit lifted. One of the boys doesn't seem to have enough feathers on his legs either. Does anyone have any idea what this is and will it progress to losing other toes and what can I do....Of course I like any excuse to keep them in, but one boy is an awful crower from about 3 to 7 am and them periodically throughout the day, which is why I brought the second one in, thinking he would crow less... its a good thing he doesn't mind the diaper I made or DH would really be on the warpath. BTW, we have a total of 35 chickens all but 4 bantams of different breeds and I have not noticed anything wrong with the legs and feet of the others, but haven't examined them with a magnifying glass either.