Hen missing toe nails

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pat Doll, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Pat Doll

    Pat Doll In the Brooder

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    My Rhode Island Red doesn't have a toenail on the middle toe of each foot - Doesn't seem to bother her, but it looks wierd ... Maybe an injury when she was a baby ??
    I'm pretty new at this and not quite sure what I'm doing, but my 2 young hens look healthy, eat well, and talk a lot
    Anybody have any ideas ?

    Thanks
    Pat
     
  2. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Songster

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    I have a Rir hen with the same thing. It is a genetic condition that I don't know the name of, but it is not a major concern. It is a cosmetic defect.
     
  3. harv681

    harv681 In the Brooder

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    One of my RIRs also has missing middle toe nails. Is it just this breed, or do others occasionally turn up nail-less?
     
  4. Pat Doll

    Pat Doll In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the posts - makes me feel better that it's not something I did.
     

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