baby has foot problem

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by charlotteda, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. charlotteda

    charlotteda Songster 9 Years

    Dec 28, 2008
    Pickens SC
    What is wrong with this baby's feet. They are not deformed... she is a little spraddle. 2 more have similar problem but not as bad... I have her on wire now

  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I get some little curled toes like that now and again. What I do is cut a little circle of some stiff paper the size of a dime or a little bigger. I take some scotch tape, put her little foot on the paper, spread the toes to how they are supposed to be, and tape the paper circle to the bottom of her foot. Make sure the tape is pressed between each toe so it stays flat and spread on its little "booty". A day or two like that and they are usually just fine. It ends up like they are walking on a snow shoe.
  3. hinky toes

    hinky toes In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2008
    Bozeman, MT
    I have a white wyandotte rooster with the same issue. His name is "hinky toes" and he's a scrappy fellow.

    I periodically have to trim his nails because they grow like crazy and aren't naturally worn away.
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    if you search curled toes it has been discussed before, but I don't think anyone has a difinitive answer. I have some ameraucana that hatched fine and then the toes curled. I think some of them got them stuck in the feeders when they got spooked and tried to run. I never had them hatch with it. I hope someone has an answer.
  5. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    What the poster wrote about taping it's toes to stiff paper is what I've read to do but with a styrofoam meat tray or card board (a little stiffer than paper). And I believe I've read for a week. I wouldn't put any of your chicks on wire. The terry cloth is good but hard to keep clean I would imagine. Pine shavings on a solid floor and paper towels on top of the shavings for the first few days until the chicks learn what their food is is the way I've always been told to do it and I know most others do it that way, too. jmho

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