Hi everybody. I have 17 chicks that are 5-6 weeks old. Today, while moving them to a much larger brooder until the weather warms up a little, that several of them have curled, scrunched, or otherwise abnormal toes. We hatched the chicks ourselves, but got the eggs from a hatchery. The interesting thing is, of the 3 or 4 chicks that have the issue, they are all roos (9 roos 8 pullets in the hatch). Is there any way to tell if this is a development deformity, or injury after hatching? For the record, there are 7 BR (4 roos, 3 pullets), 6 RIR (3 roos 3 pullets), 4 BO (1 roo 3 pullets). Two RIR and 1 or 2 BR roos have bad toes. We plan on keeping the strongest roo from each breed for flock protection/breeding, and butchering the rest of the roos at 18 weeks, so if we can determine it is developmental, we probably won't be keeping those individuals for breeding. I read about the cardboard boots to correct the issue, but again, if we're butchering them instead of raising to adulthood, it may not be worth the effort. Thanks for the help and advice.