I thought I would tell you about my hazardous hair incident and my poor baby chick. Yesterday I noticed that one of my 3 week old black silkies had a limp so I took it in my house to have a good look. Straight away i noticed that it had one of my hairs tangled all around one foot. I could see it was particularly tight around its back toe and its extra toe almost strangulating them. Quickly i grabbed a pin, a lighter, a scalpul blade and a tea towel. I wrapped the chick in the tea towel lightly covering its head. I turned it slowly on its back and it went to sleep so i quickly grabbed the pin, sterilized it with the lighter and cooled it, then managed to carefully get the pin under the hair and cut it with the scalpul blade. It took a few minutes to untangle it all. One toe in particular was very constricted and has a dull tinge compared to the others and it had me worried that the blood supply had been cut off long enough for the toe to die. Today I looked in and the chick is doing well the toe looks a better colour and its not limping at all. Hopefully i got it in time... I have since checked carefully for any more hairs and now tie my hair up really well when i am dealing with my chickens... Lesson learned!