A three-legged chicken that comes with an extra drumstick is proving popular among buyers who are offering 10 times more than the usual price for a newborn chick.
Professional poultry breeder Emre Turkmen said he was amazed when he spotted the extra leg growing from the back of the chick at his farm in Erdemli, a town and district of Mersin Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.
He said that instead of selling it, he was going to raise it as normal and once it was older, would hire a vet to surgically remove the third leg so that it could live a normal life.
He has been raising chickens for three years and admitted he had noticed the extra leg when the latest batch of eggs hatched.
He added: “It was only a week later when we noticed that was an extra leg at the back.”
He added: “He seems to be growing healthily just like all the others and doesn’t seem to be suffering at all. I’ve been offered a lot of money for the chick but we are going to raise it ourselves, and give it a good life.”
He added he was also trying to find out why it happened and has consulted experts that might offer an explanation, with online commentators pointing out that it could be genetic or pollution.
Typically they sell for between TRY 10 (GBP 0.44) and TRY 15 (0.66), but the price of this one has already been increased to TRY 150 (GBP 6.63) with still no sale.
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