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Is 10 months too late to fix curled toes/folded feet?

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I have a 10 month old silkie who has her outer toes on both feet folded/curled under.  I took her when I bought my other chicks from a breeder. The breeder assured me it would not impact her quality of life. I just could not show her.  I brought her home and she is now my favorite in the flock. 

 

We have run into an issue though, since part of her feet are folded under, she is walking/standing on a portion where feathers grow. As a result she has infected ingrown feathers. I found this out when I dug in for bumblefoot.

 

I was talking to a gentlemen at a chicken show over the weekend, asking the best way to treat her.  He basically told me that she will eventually die from a staph infection and she should have been culled. 

 

Well, now I am attached and crushed.  I am hoping there is a way to save her. I know I have seen articles for fixing curled toes on babies before the bones set...is it possible with an older chicken after the bones have set though? I can't find any information about fixing toes on adults. 

 

They are folded under and inwards similar to this chick's left foot: 

 

post #2 of 7

Other than surgery, I doubt that anything can be done at this point in the game.  It would probably help to keep her in an extremely clean, dry environment; ie, no more free ranging or time spent on the ground.

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post #3 of 7
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Thank you. I am thinking she is going to become a house chicken.

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It may also be too late for vitamins, but I would try to treat her for vitamin B2 or riboflavin deficiency. It certainly would not hurt.

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Thank you! I will get her on them. I have been talking with a lady who has a rooster with the same issues. She has to keep him indoors.  So Gabby is a house chicken now. I hate taking her away from everyone though :-(

post #6 of 7

It can only be corrected as a chick, and it needs to be done quickly.  At this point, there isn't anything you can do but what the others have suggested.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Thank you. I have her indoors now. She is actually sleeping in a dog bed next to me while I am typing this haha. I am thinking that after I get the infection under control and she heals, I can keep her indoors and on some days as long as it is dry she can go out to see her "friends" and I will make sure to soak/clean her feet after her visits when everyone is free ranging. 

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