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Baby Chick has Deformed Feet?

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I noticed a couple of days ago that my 3WO chick has deformed toes.  They curl sideways instead of the regular direction.  They have stuck so close to the mother hen that I didn't get to look closer before. 

It doesn't seem to affect her walking around and staying with the rest of the brood, and I have no intention of breeding him/her.  If it's a roo, it will be dinner.  If it's a hen, she'll just be an egg-layer, no breeding. 

What caused this foot thing?  Was there some way to prevent or fix it?  If so, I'll go to the trouble of disturbing mother hen and chicks in my next brood of chicks to look for this foot thing.

post #2 of 16

* Recently read in an o/l vet manual that the curled foot problem in chicks is the result of a B-2 deficency in hens passed to the chick/s.  Usually taping the foot to a cardboard shoe is the corrective recommended.

--d.k ; East Coast, FL. 16Dec2010 -- 1 White Hen, the "Miss Perky" + 2 rowdy, rapidly growing kittens, namely"Yeti Bear", and "Sissy" (aka "Frickles").
RIP My Sweet,  Very Greatly Missed "Miss Chook";  I miss you every day, Momma's Little Girl....
and  "Miss Ginger", family dog,  friend,  protector against all threats,  whether real and imagined, for 12 years.
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--d.k ; East Coast, FL. 16Dec2010 -- 1 White Hen, the "Miss Perky" + 2 rowdy, rapidly growing kittens, namely"Yeti Bear", and "Sissy" (aka "Frickles").
RIP My Sweet,  Very Greatly Missed "Miss Chook";  I miss you every day, Momma's Little Girl....
and  "Miss Ginger", family dog,  friend,  protector against all threats,  whether real and imagined, for 12 years.
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post #3 of 16

I saw a post on cardboard shoes and tried it on one of my chicks. If it wasn't for the fact that the chick had other issues I am sure it would have worked.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=51112
There was another thread where you can use a cardboard shoe under the band aid. I can't find it. It is pretty similar to the link above. That is what I used. Good luck.

Ruled by a black lab, english pointer, 2 doxies, 9 domestic birds, and 3 desert toirtoises, and now (25) 24 "overrun with eggs" hens and 1 roo.
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Ruled by a black lab, english pointer, 2 doxies, 9 domestic birds, and 3 desert toirtoises, and now (25) 24 "overrun with eggs" hens and 1 roo.
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post #4 of 16

I just had one hatch out that looked like the toes weren't straightening out.  I've heard of using pieces of credit cards for duck's feet, but I didn't want to do that with the chick.  We used two squares of the foam sports tape, flattened the foot on one sticky side up, and gentle pressed the other on the top, sandwiching the foot inbetween.  She's a little inconvenienced by her "bootie", but I think it will work.  It's been less than 24 hours... I'll let you know how it goes.

post #5 of 16
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Can I do that on a chick that is 3 weeks old?

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* Don't see why not;   Usually the earlier the better, I think.

--d.k ; East Coast, FL. 16Dec2010 -- 1 White Hen, the "Miss Perky" + 2 rowdy, rapidly growing kittens, namely"Yeti Bear", and "Sissy" (aka "Frickles").
RIP My Sweet,  Very Greatly Missed "Miss Chook";  I miss you every day, Momma's Little Girl....
and  "Miss Ginger", family dog,  friend,  protector against all threats,  whether real and imagined, for 12 years.
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--d.k ; East Coast, FL. 16Dec2010 -- 1 White Hen, the "Miss Perky" + 2 rowdy, rapidly growing kittens, namely"Yeti Bear", and "Sissy" (aka "Frickles").
RIP My Sweet,  Very Greatly Missed "Miss Chook";  I miss you every day, Momma's Little Girl....
and  "Miss Ginger", family dog,  friend,  protector against all threats,  whether real and imagined, for 12 years.
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post #7 of 16

did you get these from a hatchery or hatched from your own eggs?  I;m having the same problem w/ a 3 month old (just found the deformity a couple weeks ago) from mcmurray.  just wondering how this pullet will fare if i leave her alone.  any ideas?  she seems fine except her toes curl sideays.

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

Mine were from chicks I hatched myself.

post #9 of 16

I just got a 6 wk old BR today with toes curled sideways on one foot .  She gets around fine.  Do I need to do anything?

2 RIR, 1 BA, 1 Delaware, 1 LB, 1 BO & 1 BR Hen.
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2 RIR, 1 BA, 1 Delaware, 1 LB, 1 BO & 1 BR Hen.
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post #10 of 16

Reviving this old thread because it applies to my baby.  On one foot the toes curl sideways instead of straight.  She seems to walk and roost OK.  Do I need to do anything, or will she be OK?  She is almost 3 weeks old.

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***It doesn't matter where you go, just make sure the last trip is UP***

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