Chicken with broken toes on both feet

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Emily9, Aug 13, 2019 at 6:54 PM.

  1. Emily9

    Emily9 Hatching

    Jun 8, 2019
    I have a 10 week old Dominique that has broken toes on both feet. I first noticed it at about 2 weeks of age. She gets around okay but her legs are bowed when she walks and she lays down to eat. She is growing like she is supposed to and doesnt seem to be in any pain from it but I do notice she lays down more than the rest and I just feel bad for her. I don't think theres anything I can do for her but just seeing if anyone has any suggestions for me. I've been told that this was probably a birth defect since both feet are the same way. I just wanna make life easier on the poor girl! 20190813_191923.jpg 20190813_191923.jpg 20190813_191827.jpg 20190813_191835.jpg
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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Your Dominique is actually a Barred Plymouth Rock. What age did you get this chicken? Were the toes like this when you got her? If you got her when she was a chick and her toes where like this you would have been able to splint them to correct the problem. Now though the only way to straighten those toes would be to break them and set them in a cast, which I don’t advise. As long as she is acting like a normal chicken I wouldn’t worry.
  3. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

    May 8, 2017
    Eastern Connecticut
    Some hatchery birds end up with curled toes. I don't think they are broken. As @Brahma Chicken5000 said, as a chick you can splint them and correct this, but its a huge deal. I had a speckled Sussex with a couple of curled toes. I was just gonna have to keep an eye on the claws to make sure they didn't get too long.
  4. CatWhisperer

    CatWhisperer Songster

    Jun 16, 2013
    northwest Arkansas
    The fact that she lays down more than the rest indicates she is in pain or discomfort. Try to keep food and water near her so she doesn’t have to walk so much.
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  5. tuesdaylove

    tuesdaylove Songster

    Mar 3, 2012
    I don't know anything about the bowed legs, but I had an EE hen with very crooked toes - some almost bent completely backwards - and it never affected her adversely. Also, you have a barred rock. Dominiques have rose combs.

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