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: