Silkie chick with defective 5th toes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Grace11, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Grace11

    Grace11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Little black fella, 2 weeks old. i knew his toes werent right a week ago, they are xtra long and curled under, rest of toes r normal. Last nite i was cleaning all of their feet, they knock their feed out so it gets in the feet feathers. This teeny birds 5th toes dangle and bend under the foot, while i was cleaning it, one toenail was stuck in the bottom foot. Today, i gave him the curly toe treatment on those bad toes with tape. I just want to know if this is unusual or what? I dont show birds so thats not a problem. U should have seen him, he acted like i had stuck moon boots on him. pretty funny!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Toes curled under may be a sign of riboflavin (vitamin B 2) deficiency. I would get the chicks on some poultry vitamins in their water, or give the chick some B Complex ground into his food, such as a little bit of egg. Riboflavin or B2 is found in many foods below plus egg, salmon, and tuna:

    Top 10 Vitamin B2 Rich Foods
    • 1) Beef liver. 3 oz: 2.9 mg (over 100% DV)
    • 2) Lamb. 3 oz: 3.9 mg (over 100% DV)
    • 3) Milk. 1 cup: 0.45 mg (26% DV)
    • 4) Natural yogurt. 1 cup: 0.57 (34% DV)
    • 5) Mushrooms. ½ cup: 0.23 mg (14% DV)
    • 6) Spinach. ½ c: 0.21 mg (12% DV)
    • 7) Almonds. 1 oz: 0.323 mg (19% DV)
    • 8) Sun-dried tomatoes.
    Since he is only two weeks, I would use the vitamins, PolyVisol baby vitamins (without iron) or a little plain yogurt or ground beef liver. Most foods other than chick food require chick grit to digest them. The only vitamin I would not use is Poultry NutriDrench which for some reason, has no riboflavin, so check labels. Here is some reading about riboflavin deficiency:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/
     
  3. Grace11

    Grace11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that makes sense. Hes black and black feathers need more b vits to create them. Doh! As soon as i get home theyll all be enjoying boiled eggs as soon as i can fix them. They did get some salmon already a couple days ago... thanks.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would also get some vitamins too. The shoes may help some. Let us know how he does.
     

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