Silkie chick with deformed toes?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sustained, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. Sustained

    Sustained Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a newly hatched silkie chick that's having some trouble walking. She can but she's very clumsy and actually rolls backwards if she gets unbalanced by walking over a tiny bump. She mostly walks on her entire legs, doesn't stand up if that makes sense? I noticed that her outer side toes are so small that you can't see them through her leg/foot fluff. That seems to be what's causing her balance to be really off. Anyone else experience this? My chickens are pets first, egg providers second so I don't mind babying her. I'm just worried about quality of life. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated! Oh and I tried to take a pic but my phone camera is refusing to adjust the pic from being so fuzzy you can't see much [​IMG]
     
  2. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Reply with a picture. (Do your best to take a good one)
     
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  3. Sustained

    Sustained Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Sustained

    Sustained Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the best I could do. Both feet are the same. Even the inner toe is fairly small. At least compared to the other silkie chick I have
     
  5. Sustained

    Sustained Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I need to try for more pics I will. It just might take me a bit between fighting my camera, tripping over kids, and a little fuzzball that's not thrilled with having her feet photographed lol
     
  6. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont think anyone could do much about that deformity. Just watch her. Make sure she doesn't fall on something hard. Do you use newspaper as substrate? Maybe use something softer if you do use newspaper.
     
  7. Sustained

    Sustained Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I decided for the first 5 days to use some old cloth napkins instead of shavings or newspaper. I read that a lot of people use paper towels at first. I've been keeping an eye on her because she falls over so easily if the ground isn't even.
     

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