deformed or broken talon

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by georgiagourmet, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. georgiagourmet

    georgiagourmet New Egg

    Apr 26, 2009
    I have a chick almost 5 weeks old and I noticed a few days ago her middle talon is bent to the side and slightly twisted. I don't know if this just happened, but I suspect it has been this way since I brought her home. I remember the first few days I brought her home, she spent alot of time sitting and when she did walk, it was low to the ground. She doesn't appear to be in pain, and she is running around and scratching like the other chick, and she doesn't have any problem sitting on the roost. I don't know if the talon is broken or deformed. Is there any way to tell? Also, should I be concerned that it could break off? I could take a picture if anyone needs to see it. Any advice is appreciated.
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'd treat it the same way others treat curled toes. Do a search for that & try that treatment method.
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
    When I got my chicks 2 years ago, one of the Delawares was missing 2 toe nails and one of her toes was slightly curved. It did not present any physical problems for her as she grew up and she even walks normally and can peck and scratch easily.

    I do not know if this is connected or not, may just be a coincidence, but this is the lowest hen in my little flock and one that I have had to separate and treat for bloodied wounds more than once. I always wondered if her, minor deformity, put her at the bottom or made her the target.


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