Help with hatchling deformity please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Haleyasaurus, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Haleyasaurus

    Haleyasaurus Hatching

    Dec 28, 2014
    My chick just hatched, has been naturally incubated, pipped through his shell at lightning speed, seemingly very strong. However, as it started trying to walk I noticed he was having trouble and I checked on him and sure enough he is missing both of his outside toes on each of his feet, only nubs. Will he be able to walk like this?? Will he be able to survive?? Or do we need to let him go..
    (Background info, our goose actually went broody and sat on some of our eggs however she crushed two so I pulled this one when it started pipping, and another that had just made it out of the shell and moved them to an incubator)
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Depends if what caused the deformity is linked to other organs or other unseen traits. If it's just the toes, he should be fine, should learn to compensate and get along almost normally.

    If something else is wrong he will probably start looking unwell sooner or later and I'd be quick to cull personally since it's not like the average person would want to breed on that deformity if it's heritable, so unlike an apparently normal chicken I wouldn't go to any great lengths to save it, especially if it's a male.

    Also, [​IMG]

    Best wishes.

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