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Crippled Foot? Please Help!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Etiole, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Etiole

    Etiole Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2010
    So.. here's the scoop. We have this new super-cute little chick, but we think its foot is crippled. Is there anyway without hurting the chick to treat this?


  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Not sure what kind of cripppled you are talking about. if its toes are curled try duct tape. straighten its toes out and put it to a piece of duct tape, curling the edges over the top of its toes so it will stay in place. then leave it for a few days, it should fix the problem.
  3. bigstack

    bigstack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    Yeah, what exactly is the problem??? could several fixes!

    Good Luck and God Bless!
  4. janieschicks

    janieschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    berkeley springs
    I had a chick born yesterday, both feet have curled toes, he just scooted on his tummy. So today I made booties for him, taped little pieces of cardboard to each foot. He still scoots but stands up when I hold him up. He may also have splayed legs but i'm not sure yet. But what a cutie he is!
  5. bwknight877

    bwknight877 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2010
    Rougemont, NC
    I have a little buff laced polish with some crooked toes, I may try the duct tape trick to try to straighten them out...

    see she's the one in the middle with the busted feet!

  6. OCD

    OCD Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2010
    Bay Area
    Did you see the movie Happy Feet?
    Maybe she'll be a dancer.....[​IMG]
  7. Etiole

    Etiole Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2010
    Thanks for the help!

    Yes, the feet are a little curled. I think I'll try the duct tape method.

    Thanks for the help!

  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I wouldn't use duct tape, it will be really hard to get off the chick without injuring it. Just use the sticky part of a bandaid, put it on the bottom of the foot first and straigten the toes, then stick the other sticky part on top and press between the toes to hold them in place. Leave them on for a few days, and you'll be surprised how it helps!
  9. Dogscatschickens

    Dogscatschickens Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2009
    I have a chick like this. Can't stand. everyone told me to cull her. Found her not standing on March 31. She is still alive and now scooting around. I tried sort of a duck tape snow shoe thing, then she couldn't move at all. I think I will try a bit of cardboard padded with a cotton ball and vet tape. All my friends and neighbors think I am really headed to the nut house on this one. I named her yesterday... Cassidy ( as in hop a long ..)[​IMG]
  10. wfiles

    wfiles Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    I have a silkie with a foot like that. Other than not being able to get on the roosting bar she seems to do fine.

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