I had a chick hatched with curled toes. as soon as it went into brooder (about 2 days old) I used the bandaid on top and bottom trick. that chick is now almost 2 weeks old. I've taken the bandaids off twice but the toes just curl back under.
this chick is half the size of the other hatches. its not much bigger than when it was born. the joint of its leg where the feathers start is swollen and raw. I think from sort of scooting around on it's bottom. it keeps that leg sort of stuck off to the side and keeps weight off it.
I check several times a day and have watched it. it gets around well enough to go to the food and waterer though i also several times a day sprinkle food in front of it. all of the chicks still eat better off the floor than the feeder.
is it time to give up on this chick and put it down? I wonder if the lack of development indiciates something wrong on the inside of the chick and not just feet. but it is very lively and strong and seems to have a will to live. but if it's going to have deformed legs then the sooner I put it down the better.
I had a chick a couple of years ago that had curled toes and I didn't know you could fix it then. she had to walk on her knuckles of that foot and died about a year old because she got tangled up in something out in the bushes and I didn't realize she wasn't in the coop and was partly eaten. because of not being able to walk right she wasn't able to get herself uncaught. I'm not going to let that happen again.
thank you all for your thoughts.