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Missing toes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NewHopePoultry, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    The other day I was cleaning up my hens and I noticed that my cochin one is missing toe nails on her feet and she has 1 tiny nail.
    She doesnt perch, but I didnt think anything of it until I seen her feet.
    Would her not having toe nails be the reason she doesnt perch?
    She walks just fine. I never noticed her feet until the other day, so I dont know how long they have been like that.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't think missing toe nails would make a difference in roosting ,well maybe if she didn't have any it might. I have a couple of Brahma hens that are missing toe nails too, but they roost, so don't really know. how wide is the roost board? that might make a difference.
     
  3. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    She has several roosts to to pick from. All are different sizes.
    She will jump up and sleep in the flat dog kennel top, but not on anything she would have to curl her toes around.
     
  4. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just noticed three of my nearly one year old pullets are missing the tips of their toes the other day. My best guess is that they lost them to frost bite. All three were roosting way high up in trees last fall/early winter and we had a terribly difficult time catching them to put them in the coop. It hasn't effected their walking/scratching/roosting though... Is she low in the pecking order? That might be why she roosts in odd spots?
     

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