My new chick has a club foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chattery41, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. chattery41

    chattery41 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first chick hatched in my DIY incubator came in to the world just as pretty as u plz. Only about 6 hours from pipping to hatch. But one of his feet the claws are turned under and he walks on it like that. They will straighten out if i pick him up and run my finger under his foot and straighten them but they go back to curled when i stop. What would cause this ? Was it anything to do with incubation ? Other than this he seems to be very healthy. Any thoughts welcome
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Get him on poultry vitamins in the water right away. Don't use Poultry Nutri-Drench because it has no riboflavin. Riboflavin deficiency could be a problem. You may also be able to splint the toes or make a shoe. Here is a link to read from Poultry Pedia Podiatry: https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    Chick Shoes for Twisted or Curled Toes

    • CAUTION: A chick wearing Chick Shoes can easily drown if it stumbles near a water container. See "Prevent Drowning in Water Dish"section.
    • Use for splinting and correcting Twisted Toes, or sometimes to help with Curled Toes. (With Twisted Toes, an adult or chick walks on sides of twisted toes. With Curled Toes, a chick walks on tops of curled toes.)
    • Cut out a small, flat triangle a little larger than the size that the chick's foot should be when toes are spread. Position each toe correctly and then use a small piece of sports tape to tape the toe to the cardboard.
    • A different type of chick shoe splint can be made from pipe cleaners (or flower arranging wire and thin padding, for older chickens).
    • If treating young chick: Important to put on new shoe at least every 1-3 days while feet growing fast.The chick will likely need to wear the shoes a total of 4 days to 2 weeks, depending on the severity of the problem
      • Make sure shoe size increased regularly so foot doesn't outgrow shoe. Toe Taping (See below) may be better for treating some problems.
      • Notice and correct sooner if chick wiggles toe into wrong position, before deformities are caused.
    • If treating older bird: You may want to treat moderately twisted toes if causing problems. Do not try to correct long-term, severely twisted toes. Bones, muscles & ligaments are mature & may not be able to be reshaped, or will change more slowly.
      • Aim for gradual reshaping.
      • Check regularly that there isn't too much debris sticking to shoe, & that toes haven't slipped loose.
      • Change the shoe at least every 4-7 days.The bird may need to wear the shoes and/or have its toes taped (See below) for 2-5 weeks.
    • *Be extra sure to follow Special Note on Removing Tape from Legs, Feet & Toes instructions.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
  3. chattery41

    chattery41 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the info. Will be making splints for a baby chick. LOL The things life brings my way.
     

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