Was out in the chicken pen yesterday (sitting on a straw bale watching "Chicken TV") when I noticed one of my younger, 5 week old black (breed unknown) chickies had funny looking feet. I don't recall noticing this before with him (her?), and I have spent a good deal of time with the chicks, outside, at regular intervals as they grew. I hope I would have noticed this....I guess it is possible I missed it but I don't think I did. Two toes- the middle and the innermost toe....on BOTH his feet, curl inward towards his body when he walks. It's almost as if the toe bone rolled on its side....with each step, the toes flex and curl towards his body. There are no blisters, worn spots or caked-on spots of poo (though I imagine that could change as he gets older) He walks & scratches fairly well....the legs themselves don't seem to be bent. Can't perch all that well, but I have a huge pen available for them so he has tons of room to find his own "space" and I will make some high "resting spots" that he can access by walking if need be. We're calling him Gobbles for now....after Timmy's "special needs" turkey friend on South Park I did a little research and I'm not sure if its a birth defect or a nutritional issue....a lot of the info I found seemed to pertain to newly-hatched chicks. None of my other 28 chicks (ages 4-8 weeks) have this issue. Any thoughts? Is this fixable at his age or should I let it go if it doesn't cause him any trouble? Is this likely to have an impact on his quality of life as he ages? UGH photobucket is down for maintenance right now, I have a pic I took today but I will have to post it tomorrow evening when I get home. In the meantime, I'd really appreciate any thoughts!! Thanks!!