Duct tape on curled toes...HELP

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  1. chick100

    chick100 Out Of The Brooder

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    Would like credible help please:
    I have 3 newly hatched chicks and one has curled toes. So in my panic to try to fix it...I used duct tape. Yes it was dumb...I know that now. But he/she can't walk at all like her little buddies can. So seeing that, I thought, why don't I take it off abd use masking tape, I mean it's lighter, right? So I took her out of the incubator and set to work and quickly realized that duct tape, stuck to itself, is IMPOSSIBLE to get off. In the process her nail started to bleed a bit. What do I do? Do I take steps to take it off now? Or wait until her toes are straight, and then try? Help needed please!! And she just hatched this morning.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You could try a little salad oil, or cold cream or baby oil to loosen up the duct tape, then you will have to clean off the foot or else nothing will stick to the site. People generally use bandaids. Don't make anything too tight or it will cut off circulation

    Please be very gentle baby chicks are frail, and you can easy injure them. Put baby chick/curled toes in the search box it should bring up some articles about it.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already from Diva, so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

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  6. Yorkshire Coop

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    For me the longer the very strong duck tape stays on the harder it's going to be to get off, especially if any has got stuck to the skin. Just my own experience with that tape but she is your chick and its your call.
     
  7. chick100

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    Ok Thank you, that makes sense. I'll see what adive I get on another thread and make a decision. Thank you.
     
  8. chick100

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    Or anyone else who has suggestions...
     
  9. poodlechicks

    poodlechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had duct tape stuck to two chicks at the same time. It was like a two headed monster running crazily around the brooder. To make matters worse, they were trying to pull themselves apart.
    I freed them using a q tip dipped in vegetable oil and gently working the oil into the adhesive part of the duct tape. It takes a little time and patient, but it will work.
     
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    poodlechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *patience
     

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