Chick born with weird feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sepaditty1, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This little baby doesn't seem to be able to open up her feet. She hatched yesterday. Getting around alright in the bator, but not making any progress. Is there anything I can do? Sorry the picture isn't better, but they're still in the bator. Can you see her little foot curled up on the left?
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  2. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This foot problem at birth are typically caused by a vitamin deficiency in the mom. You can attempt to splint the toes into the correct position. Be careful with this chick. Chicks with this defect are more likely to have splayed leg.
     
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    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not really sure how to splint the toes. Have you done it? Any pointers?
     
  4. bluefrog87

    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, a friend of mine had this problem with a 5 chicks She got a bunch of hatching eggs and apparently the parents had a vitamin B problem. The person who sold the eggs had a lot of problems with people complaining. The splinting worked on 3 but the other 2 just didn't work. So, no guarantees but it's attempting something.

    All you need is "Vetrap" / "coban" / Self Adhesive wrap. It is roughly $ 2.50 per roll. and available at feed stores / pet store / drug stores.

    Take small strips and wrap the toes like you would tape your toes if they where broken (I hope they are not) then like a figure 8 around toes to spread them. Be careful not to wrap them too close together or too tight. It's kinda like bumble foot wrapping but different because of the toes. I'll try to make a picture or something.

    Also electrolytes don't hurt but the problem was most likely the parents.
     
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  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I agree that curled toes can be from a vitamin deficiency in the parents, and sometimes from incubator temperatures fluctuating. Get the chick on a non-slip surface, and start taping the toes to correct it--the earlier it's done the better the chances of success. Here is a good site to look through: https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     
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    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to add if they are really really bad you can cut small pieces of cardboard to help straighten. It would be like a Popsicle stick splint you'd use for human broken toes.

    My friend and I didn't figure it out early.
     
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    bluefrog87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is a better picture. of the figure 8 though it still kinda looks like silly string on a chicken foot.

    Be sure to give Vitamin B supplement as soon as possible. This will increase your chances of sucess. If really bad to the point all the toes point straight there is a chick shoe which is a cardboard cut out of a nomal chick foot) but I would be careful with it because it increase your drowning risk
     
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    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are awesome diagrams! Thank you.

    She was born yesterday. This evening I put them all in the incubator. Their water has an electrolyte packet in it.

    Tomorrow she will be 3 days old. Hopefully that is young enough to get her some relief. The other 4 are fine.

    Right now I'm calling her Radar. M*A*S*H fans should remember that he was always holding a clipboard or something to cover the deformity in his hand. It just popped in my head first thing.
     

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