2 curled under toes on my silkie chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenBiscuit, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. ChickenBiscuit

    ChickenBiscuit Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my baby chicks has 2 toes that are curled under so she is actually walking on them. Is there anything I can do to help her?
     
  2. QualityPolish

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  3. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is common, and isnt usually fatal or anything. I know of a few birds with it and they are okay. Anyway, if her toes are large enough, you can wrap them with vet wrap(or something similar). Otherwise it might go away it might not. Good luck to you and your chick :)
     
  4. ChickenBiscuit

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    Thanks. Just to clarify, not all the toes are curled under so I don't think its riboflavin def... it's just 2 toes that are completely bent so they are under her foot. Should I try to pull them out?
     
  5. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try Toe Taping it's in the article I posted above ;) It should help
     
  6. ChickenBiscuit

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    Yeah... I saw that thanks. I just feel bad about forcing the toes to straighten. I guess it's better for her to feel some pain now than to live with that foot like that for her whole life.
     
  7. lzufelt

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    Chicken biscuit, I also have a chick that has two toes cues under. They are his outside toes so he has a hard time staying balanced. Can you please tell me what you decided to do to fix the problem?!

    I would greatly appreciate it!
     
  8. Blooie

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    Meet Scout - a chick hatched under a broody who got his little feet wet when he was about a week or so old. They got frostbite. After the initial damage was treated, they looked pretty good, then in one week they changed to this:

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    I did the bandaging routine for a few weeks. Scout wasn't happy about having them messed with, but we did get some straightening initially.

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    Looking pretty good here, during his last bandage change.

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    But ultimately they reverted back. Scout doesn't seem to notice that she is "disabled." She roosts with the others, flies and runs just fine, and most of the time I can't even catch her to document them.

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    And this was Scout last week. There is absolutely no way, without picking her up, to know that she ever had a problem. She obviously doesn't even mind the snow!

    If I were in your shoes, I'd try the bandaging advised in the link provided by QualityPolish. You have nothing to lose by trying, and your little one may surprise you! If her deformity was caused by an accident at hatching, or positioning in the egg, she is probably young enough to get some pretty good results with it. Scout's problem was due to a serious injury, which is a horse of a different color. But I'd get started on it soon - the longer you wait the more solid the toes will become. Good luck! I'm so glad that Scout is still with us.....my granddaughter also has misshapen feet with no nerves to them. Like Scout, she has no idea she has a disability and, like Scout, we ain't gonna tell her! Also like Scout, she'll find her way to get where she wants to be and do what she wants to do in her own way, in her own time! You can click on the link in my signature to read Scout's entire story. She was worth every bit of effort we put into her care, and if I had it all to do over again, even knowing that her feet would revert to ugly, curled up things, I'd still do what I did for her. Good luck, and keep us posted with pictures and updates!
     

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