Curled Toes at 4 weeks

Triplell

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I have a 4 week old chick who has curled toes. When it was hatched none of them had curls. This seems to be the only one that has developed this. Is there anything I can do for it at 4 weeks old?
I double check each chick when they are transfered out of the incubator to the brooder and then from the brooder to the barn and none had it.
 

aoxa

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I have a 4 week old chick who has curled toes. When it was hatched none of them had curls. This seems to be the only one that has developed this. Is there anything I can do for it at 4 weeks old?
I double check each chick when they are transfered out of the incubator to the brooder and then from the brooder to the barn and none had it.
Is it a painful toe curl? If it's not painful, I wouldn't worry too much about it unless they are show chickens.. and then you can break out the chick shoes. I didn't notice curly toes until after a few days. Sometimes it's hard to miss when you first inspect them.

https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
There is a how-to on chick shoes here :) Has worked for me 100% of the time!
 

Triplell

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Thanks for responding,
The toes are like twisted and she walks on it like a club. I feal so sorry for it cause I didn't catch it sooner. The toes are soft and is able to grip alittle. If she can live a normal life then I will just leave her alone. Should I be on the look out for others who develope this? I have hatched out 40 chicks out of this group and never seen anything like this before. Otherwise can it be hereditary? I do alway's have duvet vitamins and minerals add to thier water for 3 days on and then 4 days off with fresh water daily. The only feed they were getting was chick starter then I switched to Flock Raiser about 10 day's ago with taking 7 days to do the switching. I prefer not to feed antibotic's as I have many customers who are allergic so I make sure they don't get any from day one.
 

aoxa

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Thanks for responding,
The toes are like twisted and she walks on it like a club. I feal so sorry for it cause I didn't catch it sooner. The toes are soft and is able to grip alittle. If she can live a normal life then I will just leave her alone. Should I be on the look out for others who develope this? I have hatched out 40 chicks out of this group and never seen anything like this before. Otherwise can it be hereditary? I do alway's have duvet vitamins and minerals add to thier water for 3 days on and then 4 days off with fresh water daily. The only feed they were getting was chick starter then I switched to Flock Raiser about 10 day's ago with taking 7 days to do the switching. I prefer not to feed antibotic's as I have many customers who are allergic so I make sure they don't get any from day one.
It's usually incubator related. Happens in the first few days of growth from what I've read.

You can correct it with chick shoes, and I have raised one silkie male that had a really weird foot, and he didn't walk as well as the others - but there was no obvious pain or discomfort. I've had mild curled toes, and moderate curled toes. My incubator varies a lot in temp if I don't have the turner full (it loses temperature). Though I can't be sure.

Can you post a picture?
 

Triplell

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It's usually incubator related. Happens in the first few days of growth from what I've read.
You can correct it with chick shoes, and I have raised one silkie male that had a really weird foot, and he didn't walk as well as the others - but there was no obvious pain or discomfort. I've had mild curled toes, and moderate curled toes. My incubator varies a lot in temp if I don't have the turner full (it loses temperature). Though I can't be sure.
Can you post a picture?

I will this evening so you can see how bad it is. Thanks Heidi
 

welasharon

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If it started out fine but then developed the curled toes then I would treat it as a vitamin B deficiency. You could do shoes or not as you want but I would crush complex B tablets and sprinkle it on the food. I also give polyvisol liquid baby vitamins without iron.
 

Triplell

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Hello everyone, so sorry I haven't posted a pic but camera broke. So here they are...
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I have also figured out that it is a cockerl. I did put a boots on him but it hasn't helped so I took them off. He is getting along just fine as he will become dinner come spring so he wont be breeding anyone.
 

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