Concerned about baby pea
- Broody Magician
You might try taking the tape/shoe off and seeing whether it is still needed. Also, it's really helpful to massage and stretch the toes with your hands periodically.
How old is this chick now? What does the belly look like? Is it walking properly or are there issues with how it is standing and walking? Is it pooping? Can you post some pictures of it?
- Poop Inspector
Get yourself a digital kitchen scale and start weighing it. By 10 days of age they should weigh ~80 to 100 grams, and should gain no less than 5% of their body weight per day.
He seems to be doing well. I unwrapped his foot. He's definitely getting around much better. He still doesn't do the normal peachick peeping all the time. He peeps when I pick him up once or twice but very quiet other than that. I put a little teddy bear in the broader with him and he loves it!!! He jumps on it, pecks it, and sleeps with it. He's just over a week old now and eats and drinks with no problem!!
If the foot still isn't straight, you can keep stretching the toes and perhaps tape again. Sounds like he is doing very well. Great job!!!
What I do is hold the peachick and gently move/stretch the toes, using my fingers. Sometimes the tendons are tight and don't allow the joints to open up all the way. I don't use any major force -- don't want to tear anything or cause injury -- but I find that if I gently stretch and bend the toes/feet, that it helps get them unstuck or uncurled... I may repeat several times and then do it again awhile later in the day. It seems as though doing it repeatedly, along with shoes when needed, helps a lot.
I've also had a number of chicks this year that I thought might need shoes, but gentle stretching and good footing kept most of them out of shoes. But I have one in shoes right now, so it doesn't cure every case.