Chick hatched with crippled feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by b4096, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. b4096

    b4096 New Egg

    Jan 13, 2011
    We had a pretty good hatch of Cochin chicks, all are healthy and happy...with the exception of one gray hen. At first, it looked like she had been born with only 2 toes on each foot? When we got to checking her out it turns out that her legs are bowed inward and her outer third toe is tucked underneath her foot. I read where you can spread her toes out and fasten them to keep them that way. Hopefully in a few days it should correct itself? She eats good and chirps a lot, but lays down about 90% of the time, so the others are out-growing they step on her quite a bit too. Is there anything else I can do? I do not want to cull her! Thanks!
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    We also had a cochin hatch with a funky foot. We put the little shoe on her for about a day and a half and it fixed her perfectly. I used a piece of toilet paper roll for the sole and athletic tape to tape the foot flat to the cardboard. It's very hard to get it on a wiggly chick but we managed. Do it right away while their bones are still soft. She's 7 weeks old and we can't even tell she ever had a problem.

    This is Funky with her little shoe
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009

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