crooked toes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Angiebubs, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I had my babies out in our new run and noticed one of my 6 wk old BR babies toes are crooked? Mainly the front main toe, but the outside ones are as well. They seem to be bent at the joint. Is this a genetic defect? vitiam dificiency? Should I try and split them? I hadn't noticed this before so not sure if its something that recently developed or was born with. Any advice would be appreciated!!!!!

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  2. Autumnchicken

    Autumnchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a RIR with a toe like that and it never slowed her down.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    There is a recessive genetic defect that causes crooked toes. However, I don't know about vitamin deficiency causing it...would have to google it myself, lol.
     
  4. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't seem to affect Dottie either? (Not sure if he/she yet). Do you think I need to splint it?
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  6. cackleberrycoop

    cackleberrycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Six weeks is awfully old to be trying to change something that fundamental - not to mention, it would be SO hard to keep any kind of splint apparatus on. I would consider it a done deal, if it were my bird. I've had a number of mildly crooked toed birds do just fine. I have two birds right now with major toe defects and somehow they both roost, forage, and seem to handle being mounted just fine. I wouldn't breed with your bird, but there's a good chance that he/she will do just fine in life.
     

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