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HELP! Crooked toes! Not your ordinary case!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crazygoatlady915, May 18, 2011.

  1. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011

    Anyways, one of my 5 wk old BPR's has very crooked toes! She did not have them as a baby- and as far as i'm aware- not until very recently. I have not been the most observant lately- as my school requires long hours- and I didn't notice until i took my chicks out 5 minutes ago! Can she be fixed at her age? If so- WHAT SHOULD I DO? I really don't want to cull!

    Edit: Gee guys, I was putting shoes on when I noticed that HER WHOLE LEFT LEG IS CROOKED! You can kinda see it from the pic. She gets around fine- but im concerned never the less!

    Ok- and I have one other silly concern, will she be alright not being able to roost as an adult? I don't think she's fixable.

    Last edited: May 18, 2011
  2. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    You could make a chickie shoe. Its basically a piece of cardboard and you cut it to the size of the foot, and make the toes straight and put sports tape over the foot. you will have to change it about every 3 days
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Oh my! I don't think you can fix crooked toes when they're that old, but if it were me I would give her some poly-vi-sol w/o iron just to be safe. Im not sure what could have caused it, but someone who does will probably be along shortly. If you got her to lay eggs, you could still keep her (crooked toes and all) as long as she can get to food and water. Shoot, some people have 1 legged chickens. Don't give up hope and good luck to you!
  4. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    Yes, shoes are worth a try. They've worked for me at younger ages, hopefully her bones are still malleable. I'd try that first before you cull her, and even then, if she's getting around okay, I doubt it would affect her egg production. It probably happened a long time ago, and if you haven't noticed until now, she' getting along just fine.

    If you do try shoes, you may need to separate her, and keep her food and water off the ground so she doesn't fall in it. They are quite clumsy in shoes, and you don't want her to get picked on when she's down!
  5. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Thanks guys! I'll try!

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