Clubfoot or Fist Problem

RollTideChicken

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So I just hatched out some chicks. One of the 6 chicks has a foot that doesn't work right - the toes stay curled. The leg seems to work alright and there does not seem to be a deformity in it. So we did this *see pic*
We tried a bandaid and a thicker piece of cardboard but that would not stay on.
Does what we did look alright?
and...
Does anyone know what causes this?
Thanks!
RTC
 

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sylviethecochin

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It can be genetic, it could have happened in the shell, or it could be a vitamin deficiency, particularly from Riboflavin. I suggest doing exactly what you're already doing, but adding a b-complex tablet to the water. B-vitamins can do a lot for a chick.

If you want to ready more, check out poultry podiatry. It's a great site.

Good luck.
 

ChickNanny13

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I've used the adhesive part of a band aid, top & bottom but need to be very careful when changing. Have you tried sandwiching the toes straight between vet wrap?

2x sylviethecochin, you could also feed the baby vitamin PolyVisol w/out iron, 3 drops per day, mix some boiled egg yolk in it's feed.
 

ChickNanny13

Crossing the Road
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Jun 23, 2013
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The Big Island/Hawaii
I've used the adhesive part of a band aid, top & bottom but need to be very careful when changing. Have you tried sandwiching the toes straight between vet wrap?

2x sylviethecochin, you could also feed the baby vitamin PolyVisol w/out iron, 3 drops per day, mix some boiled egg yolk in it's feed.

Forgot to mention, put a drop of PolyVisol w/out iron on the side of the beak. Be prepared to smell like PolyVisol after, I got more on me than the chick the first time. Yes, the adhesive part of the band aid works good but careful when removing, some really stick.
 

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