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Bent Toes

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ken facemire, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. ken facemire

    ken facemire Out Of The Brooder

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    one of my 6 1/2 week old Ameracuana chicks have two bent toes that bend in instead of strait. Will it be able to walk when it grows up? Is their a way to fix it or will it be ok it can walk fine but doesn't run all over the place like the other chicks.
     
  2. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's walking ok, that's a good sign. How old?
     
  3. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops you said 6 1/2 weeks. I see that now.
     
  4. cockadoodle

    cockadoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a RIR with one toe on her left foot that is doing the same thing, it's like the knuckle is just twisted a bit so instead of flexing downwards, when she clenches her foot, that toe angles down and to the left... right at the joint. I was considering splinting it, but she's walking fine, so I don't know... Subscribed to this topic now [​IMG]

    ETA, mine is 4 weeks old today.
     
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  5. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be more comfortable for the chick in the long run to get those toes straightened out. You can use a chicken shoe/splint to help. Here is a picture of one I found (the picture owner indicated that there was no copywrite on the picture):

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    The splint is made of bent pipe cleaner. I'm not sure how long to leave the splint on. For very young chicks (days old), 8 hours is sometimes enough. At 6 1/2 weeks it will probably take longer (if it works at all).

    Does anyone else have experience using splints on older chicks?
     
  6. ken facemire

    ken facemire Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it to old for the splint for a 6 1/2 week old? I think that I will try the splint But what do i make it Out of?
     
  7. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pipe cleaner (the kind they use for crafts).
     

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