problems with chicks feet

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lrichey1, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. lrichey1

    lrichey1 New Egg

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    Have a question about some of our most recent hatch of chickens some seem to be having problems with there feet,moved heat lamp farther away thought maybe it could be to hot,also removed ceder shavings from litter and just left newspaper,has not seemed to help much anyone have answer or suggestion for this problem.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What kind of problems with the feet?
     
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    First you don't want to use cedar shavings, only pine. Second, don't use newspaper for chicks...it will cause them to spraddle.

    Is the leg spraddled or does it have curly/weird toes?
     
  4. lrichey1

    lrichey1 New Egg

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    one chick seems to not be able to use one foot looks kind of mishaped sticking out and some others seem to have trouble walking.
     
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Cedar is toxic to birds.

    Newspaper is too slippery.

    You can use pine shavings BUT if the birds eat them it really isn't good for them. This generally isn't a big deal once they've learned what is and is not food.

    A good choice during the first days is an old towel (that doesn't have ANY loose threads or holes) or the non-slip rubbery shelf liner. Get the soft kind, not the slippery kind. It is only $3-4.

    Somewhere here there is a link to a site about chick foot and leg problems. Perhaps someone will know what it is...
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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