My Silkie chicks have bad feet!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by IUfarm, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. IUfarm

    IUfarm New Egg

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    I was so proud I waited patiently throught the winter for my Silkie hen to start laying, she and her rooster finally got down to bussiness and I just hatched my first eggs. HOWEVER, 3 of the 4 have crooked toes (on one or both feet) and one one of those three is also splay legged. The only "normal" one appears to have 6 toes per foot instead of five. What is happening! Is this normal for Silkies or do we have a pair that should not continue to breed? I know you can try to fix the crooked toes with matchsticks, popsicle sticks, etc. but is that realistic especially with feathers down the toes that would get stuck in an bandage/tape adhesive?
     
  2. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

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    I'm thinking its a problem with the breed. I hatched four last week, two with splayed legs, and one with the splayed legs has bad toes. There is a lot of advice on this forum for the toes involving duck tape, or velco, etc.

    Good luck. Silkies are such beautiful little chicks.
     
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Did you incubate the eggs in a incubator or let your hen sit on them? If you incubated them then you might have had a temp problem. You can tape the foot to try and correct the toes and then tape the legs on the one for spraddle leg.

    One web site had this.

    Sign: Crooked toes, spraddled legs. Causes:

    High or low incubator temperature.

    Inadequate nutrition.

    Smooth bottom hatching trays.
     
  4. IUfarm

    IUfarm New Egg

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    Could be a temp./humidity issue. It's a new incubator (a mouse got the old one) and this is the first hatch. Other chicks of a different breed hatched as well and they seem to be fine but my overall hatch rate was extreemly low compared to the old incubator.
     
  5. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    Humidity and temp problems will definitely cause toe and feet problems. Maybe not every egg but you will have enough to notice. Somewhere I read six toes is not great but can be breed out but when you have less than five you have a definite genetic problem with your breeders.
     
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Quote:I agree, your temp/humidity must have been off. Splayed legs can also be caused by a slippery surface in the incubator or brooder. You can correct the crooked toes and splayed leg, but just do so asap, as the longer you wait, the longer it takes and less likely it is to work. Six toes can be bred out of your line, but just don't keep the 6-toed chicks if you plan on breeding.
     
  7. IUfarm

    IUfarm New Egg

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    Thanks everybody for the advice!
     
  8. 7AcreOrganics

    7AcreOrganics Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, we cant seem to get a cardboard flat boot to stick to the foot. Our new silkie has a terrible crooked front toe. Nothing really sticks and if it does, it sticks it crooked, not straight. What to do? Thanks
     
  9. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Try using medical tape and popsicle sticks, always works for me [​IMG]
     

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