Chickens and Roosters
Zoology or Animal Biology

Why has chicken got 5 toes?

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August 18, 2010 2:14AM

Not many birds have more than four toes except chickens of the

Dorking, Faverolle, Houden, Sultan, and Silkie Bantams, all of

which have five toes. In these breeds the extra toe rises above the

base of the hallux and projects upward, this toe never touches the

ground. In the Silkie, the extra toes often lie nearly in the same

plane as the hallux. Some birds have only three toes, while the

ostrich only has two toes.

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