My new chick has a club foot

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

  1. chattery41

    chattery41 Songster

    Oct 23, 2014
    near Cleveland TN
    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 Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    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:

    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 Songster

    Oct 23, 2014
    near Cleveland TN
    Thank you for the info. Will be making splints for a baby chick. LOL The things life brings my way.

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