Silkie chick question - toes grown together???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RedBrush Farm, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. RedBrush Farm

    RedBrush Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies hatched this week. One chick has two toes that are attached at the toenail. I clipped the nail but they did not come apart. They are not grown together all the way to the foot. Just barely attached. Should I clip them apart? It is the longest toe and the one next to it.

    Also, I have a broody Silkie who is sitting on 5 or 6 eggs. Problem - she chose to sit on the ground on hay instead of a nest box. Should I move her or will she be fine on the ground. (she is in the barn and safe)

    Thanks..
     
  2. Silkie Chick

    Silkie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    She needs to be on the ground because when the babies hatch they would fall out of the nest box if it is above the ground. Just make sure she is warm and has food and water.
     
  3. RedBrush Farm

    RedBrush Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always hatched the eggs in an incubator. I did not think about the need to be on the ground for chicks to roam. I put out food and water and she is drinking/feeding. I thought I should perhaps put her in a cage off the ground with straw.
    Thanks for the information.
     

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