Crooked toe with nodule - pic

feathersnuggles

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I noticed today that my 20 week old pullet (we don't know what she is, she's a mutt from someone else's farm) has a bent toe. She doesn't favor it especially. I do remember about two months ago she was holding the leg up, from time to time, but she was really hard for me to pick up so I didn't pay much attention to the leg thing because she's feisty and it didn't seem like she was injured. Now I feel bad about ignoring her. I wish I had tried to look at it closer & inspect her feet then, b/c now she's got this nodule on the top of her toe which doesn't flatten out if I stretch out her toe. The good thing is she doesn't act like it hurts her, at all. Still as feisty as ever!

I checked the bottom of her foot. It looks totally normal. The bent toe looks normal too, except for the bump on top. It looks to me here like a broken joint which healed crooked. I'm including photo of it. Is there something I can do, at this apparently late date? Does have experience with this and know whether she is going to be hindered by it in the future? Thanks!

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purpletree23

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It might have been broken at one time and when it healed there is an extra deposit of calcium at the break. I don't think it's anything to worry about but keep an eye on it and if it changes or seems like it is causing discomfort get back to us.
 

feathersnuggles

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Thanks purpletree23, for your advice! I will keep my eye on it.

Cheerfulheart, thanks for the compliment! Her breast color IS pretty and sorta like the deep red of RIR. But she's got a lot of black tips on her feathers and she's got a black beard and black ear feathers. I just can't figure it out. She started out as a little chipmunk-striped chick.
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