I have 4 Araucana that I assisted as the air cells were way to small and it was too late in the incubation to correct it. I had lost too many chicks as a newbie to incubating and have managed to save 4 of 5 that I expect would have drowned after pipping internally given the limited air cell.
Three of the chicks had curled toes and I made some pipe cleaner shoes (http://www.unitedpeafowlassociation.org/PeachickOrthopedics.html) and attached using wound dressing tape.
I read 8 hours would fix, but have had limited success after 12.
One chick had a minor curl in the outer toe on one foot, and this correction is pretty much the same since removing the bandage.
Another chick with more pronounced curling has regained the curl after about 4 hours.
I have yet to remove the shoe from the chick with toes that were all curled under.
I don't want to leave them on too long as the alignment is difficult to get perfect and I don't want to do more damage than good.
How long do I leave the shoe on for before removing?
I am happy to reattach the shoes, but it is stressful on the little guys and want to avoid doing it more than necessary.. poor little sweet things.