curled in toes....what could it be caused by????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jwoodall, May 16, 2009.

  1. jwoodall

    jwoodall Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2009
    Castle Hayne, NC
    Just hatched my 5th baby chick in the incubator, and this one has one foot that its toes are curled in. What would cause it and is there anything I could do? I've seen roosters at the local zoo that had both feet curled in and he seems to fair well. SHould I be concerned? thanks for the advice.
  2. kycowgirl78

    kycowgirl78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    Morgantown, Ky
    Don't know what your humidity was but too high humidity can cause deformities. Can the chick walk? If it can walk, I'd say leave it alone if it can get around fine. If it is unable to walk, I'd say cull it.
  3. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    I had a rooster that had curly toe syndrome. He did just fine.

    I was told it's genetic. Did you acquire these eggs outside of you place or from one of your hens?
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  4. teeny

    teeny Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    West Virginia
    i have a rooster we call " crooked toes" , when he was born his feet went in between the wire mesh and got stuck . the guy we got him from had several do this but got out themselves , but still had crooked toes. he has a hen that walks on her ankles and does fine . by the way crooked toes is the fastest rooster we have , the others tried bullying him when he was small and he fought back nobody messes with him now. BEST OF LUCK!
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    People here put a small piece of something like cardboard under the foot, straighten the toes, and tape over the top of the toes taped to the cardboard to hold them flat. Bandaids or duct tape work. Takes a few days or maybe a week or so. I have not done it but read about this a lot. Do a search on curled toes.

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