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Orps and curled toes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TheKidAndDame, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. TheKidAndDame

    TheKidAndDame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen a few posts on here about orps being born with or developing crooked toes. I recently hatched out a bantam orp with the same issue. I did as other members have done and splinted the foot. I also prophylactically splinted the unaffected foot. I have given vitamins as well. So far he/she seems to be a happy little mover and shaker. My question is whether this is a physical issue related to space restriction in the egg or if orps have a genetic predisposition for this defect? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have one young orp roo that has crooked toes (not curled, just crooked) so I won't be keeping him as a rooster.
     
  3. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Most times it is environmental. IE incubator temps, chicks getting chilled when young. But sometimes it just happens.... so it has made me belive it could partly be genetic.
     
  4. TheKidAndDame

    TheKidAndDame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My gut reaction that it was due to chick size. Now, I do not have much experience with bantams but I was expecting the little guy to be smaller. The egg was appropriately sized but the chick is not much smaller than the standards I hatched. That plus the fact that it was only one foot makes me lean towards environmental causes. Well, I guess I will just have to wait and see if they straighten out.
     

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