Cockerel with broken toe?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by peckyscotch, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. peckyscotch

    peckyscotch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have raised a 12-13 week old Vorwerk cockerel but over the last 3 or so weeks I have noticed that its middle toe on one foot is very bent to one side.
    Don't know if this will help but he is in with a light Sussex cockerel and two light Sussex ladies, I have just recently started letting them out onto the grass and they've never had they're nails clipped. If anyone could tell me what probably happened, or what I should do then that would be great!
     
  2. peckyscotch

    peckyscotch Out Of The Brooder

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    Its toe is bent from the middle
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If it hasn't always been like that, he probably got into a scuffle with other cockerel. Or maybe hung it on something and messed it up trying to free himself. There really isn't much you can do for it though.
     
  4. peckyscotch

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    he doesn't look like he's in any pain so I don't think I'll need to take him to the vet. I hope it heals though
     
  5. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is likely a genetic defect. Crooked toes do pop up now and then. Some lines worse than others. It's something breeders watch for and don't breed from that bird. It'tends to show up in males more often from what I have noticed and it tends to be the middle toe. It is not always evident at an early age, but tends to develop later, around the age your bird is now.
     

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