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Inner Toe Problem on Both Feet... ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bullwinkle, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hi Folks:

    I spent some time checking out my chicks today (looking for any bill, foot, or other issues). I have one chick (16 days old) that has a problem with the inner toe on both feet. The toe(s) don't appear to be broken. The chick doesn't seem to be in any pain. She seems to be eating well (in fact she is bigger than the average chick of the same age I have) and is active. The toes aren't just 'bent'. They seem to be 'rolled' slightly so that the very bottom of the toe is facing backwards and the chick 'walks' on what would be the side of the toe. The other toes on her feet seem to be fine. Should I be doing anything to help her? I assume its a genetic problem. Here are a couple of pics:



    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It can be genetic or an incubation problem, or a bit of both. At their current age, not much you can or need to do. They'll be just fine.
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Seeing as it's symmetrical on both feet I'm guessing it's genetic. She'll be ok though. If you had noticed sooner, you could have splinted it. But at this point it would probably do more harm than good. She'll get around with no problem.

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