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Curled toes on ONE foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jessimom, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    Hi, I have a 36 hour old chick with curled toes on 1 foot. I put a shoe on it, but do I put a shoe on the good foot as well? I have it sitting in a cup in the brooder, but the other chicks keep jumping in the cup with it (there is NO room for 2 chicks). The chick doesn't seem to be keeping it's booted foot on the ground. Should I have booted the good foot at well?

    The only other curled toe problem I had was an injury to an adult chick and I just booted the hurt foot. This chick is not acting the same way as the adult hen.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    Start some chick vitamins or BComplex tabs (grind some into water or food) for the curled under toes in case of riboflavin deficiency. Probably putting the foot on the floor will help her to stand.
     
  3. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    Thanks, all the chicks get vitamins once they move out of the incubator, I have it in the brooder with the other 5 that hatched. It's drinking the vitamin water. We'll see how it does!


    Thanks!
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Keep the one foot taped for 2-3 days.

    -Kathy
     
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  5. casportpony

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    Before shoes
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    -Kathy
     
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  7. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    Thanks Kathy! I googled lots before I made the shoe. But in all examples they taped both feet. Since one foot is perfect, I just taped that one. I took a piece of cardboard, cut it down, put sticky tape and stuck the foot to the tape, then wrapped it well with athletic tape. It's staying on. The chick is running around, eating, drinking. It's doing great.

    Thank you!!
     
  8. casportpony

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    I've had a few that had just one curled foot, but it's usually two. You did the right thing by taping just the one. :D

    -Kathy
     
  9. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    Thanks again! I went from not having to assist any chick at all, to having a hatch where I needed to cull one, next hatch spraddle leg, next hatch curled toes. I hate to know what's going to happen to the next hatch - wry neck? These are all shipped eggs, all different breeds, and even different incubators. So, not sure what's going on!

    I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the input to ANY question I've asked! The people on BYC are incredible.
     
  10. casportpony

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    Many peafowl people think that splay legs and/or curled toes can be attributed to them being in the shell too long and/or too high humidity. Of course shipped eggs have their own set of problems, too.

    Not suggesting that you make any changes, just sharing what I have read. :D

    -Kathy
     

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