Ten-Toed Chickens

Yesterday afternoon while picking up eggs and “making observations” of our flock of laying hens, the girls and I made a very interesting discovery which I will tell you about in a minute but first take a look at how beautiful our eggs are!  I love all the pretty colors and differences in size and shape.

These eggs come from our flock of chickens that are allowed to roam around eating bugs and vegetation.  Our chickens are also on an organic diet.  This lifestyle produces eggs that are healthier for humans.  Eggs that come from pastured chickens contain less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin A, more omega-3 fatty acids, more vitamin E, and more beta carotene than conventional eggs.  This information comes from an article in Mother Earth News which you can read here:  http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Health/Health-Benefits-Free-Range-Eggs.aspx

I have certainly noticed that eggs from my hens taste better, have bright orange yolks, and are richer than conventional eggs.  Just don’t try to hard boil them!  You will burn twice as many calories peeling them as you will consume eating them.  Not to mention the frustration that accompanies the peeling process.

Now on to our interesting discovery…We have two bantam silkies.  One is a black rooster and the other is a gray hen.

Bantam Black Silkie Rooster

While watching our chickens the silkies came up to us and we picked them up to inspect their feathers.  They are like pure down.  Very unique looking birds.  I picked up the black rooster and noticed that he has five toes on each foot!  This is what his feet look like.  Notice the two small toes on the side.  One of his long toes is hidden under the feathers on his feet.

This is what a normal chicken foot looks like.

Can you see the difference?  We then caught the gray silkie hen and she also has five toes on each foot!  Crazy.  I’m not sure if all silkies have feet like this or what but it is definitely on my to-do list to find out.

On a sadder note, the girls and I have been over-ridden on our decision to bring Saffron and Sage into our menagerie.  I just made the phone call to their current owners to let them know that the male contingent in our family is not on board with goats.  We are sad, but if daddy ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  So much for my dreams of goat milk, goat cheese, goat milk yogurt, goat milk soap.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some.


2 responses

  1. Hi Hilary….love your blogs! Thought I’d save you some time on research. Silkies all have 5 toes. Sorry to hear about the reversal of plans on the goats. I was looking forward to hearing about all the great things you were planning on making with their milk. Some guys just don’t know what they’re missin!

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