Toes and Beards?


Fear the Turtle!
15 Years
Jan 9, 2009
By the Chesapeake Bay
Hi all -

Can someone tell me the mode of inheritance of beards and how hard they are to breed out of a flock? And what about the gene for 5 toes? Are these the types of things that can pop up unexpectedly in flocks of purebred chickens?

Reason I ask is, I recently hatched some shipped bantam cochin eggs, and from one of them, I got a 5 toed bearded bantam cochin. The breeder told me that they had a frizzled cochin rooster with 5 toes, but they said they had no bearded breeding stock...

And while I'm at it, what about bent toes? Is that a genetic thing or an incubation thing? I've heard both. Can anyone point me in the direction of information on how to fix it?

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