I recently was gifted with an old (1940) non-working commercial brooder. My DH is wonderful on getting things running again & I was eager to try it. I hatched in excess of 40 chicks & kept them in the brooder on wire. I have never raised chicks on wire so I am wondering if this problem is a result of the flooring. Now for the problem.....I have at least 5, perhaps 6 chicks that have foot problems. Not splayed leg as I have dealt with & corrected that problem in many chicks. But turned in feet (claws & toes balled up underneath foot) & unable to walk. Could this be a result of the wire? DH has to put 3 of them down today (groan) but fortunately 4 are cockerels. I have delayed an opinion on #4 as he is getting the perfect MF coloring & he only has one foot with the problem. He is able to get around fairly well. If he looks unable to keep up with the flock, then I will have DH do the deed. The other is a little pullet & I also want to observe her for awhile before I make the final decision. At first I thought it might be a breeding problem but one of the chicks is a D'Uccle & has the same problem as the MF Cochins. I will not use the brooder for chicks in the future. It is great for Quail. So the brooder will not go to waste but I do have many concerns on the wire flooring for chicks. It is really a puzzlement. Any Ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.