Silkie with curled under toes walking on 1,2 and 3 knuckles.

Sivad

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Have a silkie about 4-6 week old now. When we got her(?) we noticed the curling of her toes. Did some research and found that we could splint the foot and it might be a vitamin deficiency. So for about 3 weeks we fed the 3 Silkies hardboiled eggs to hope give them vitamins. In the same time we splint her foot for 3-5 days off for 3-5 days. We stopped this treatment because it did show any real improvement. She is smallest out of the three, but she has been gaining weight even though the other 2 push her out of the way to get first dibs. At this point we are assuming she will be stuck with this deformity unless any suggestions we haven't looked into. Any advice to keeping her healthy and safe? Any thoughts about adding to a flock about 3 weeks older?

Thank you for your time
 

Matilda Belle

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I would keep that splint on until the problem corrects itself.

Integrating chicks is pretty easy. I recently put 3-week-old chicks out with my flock of hens, pullets and cockerels about 11 weeks old. There is some pecking, of course, just make sure it doesn't get out of control. I watch mine pretty closely for 24-48 hours.
 

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Can you post any pictures of the curled toes? Are they curled under or to the side? If the problem was a riboflavin deficiency which may cause curled under toes and walking on the hocks, a few days of riboflavin (vitamin B 2) in a human B complex vitamin or pouktry vitamin, it usually shows improvement if started right away. If the toes are crooked, then the toes may be hard to correct after the first 2 weeks. Here is some reading about riboflavin deficiency:
https://thepoultrysite.com/publications/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency
 

Sivad

In the Brooder
Sep 23, 2019
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Gaston OR
Can you post any pictures of the curled toes? Are they curled under or to the side? If the problem was a riboflavin deficiency which may cause curled under toes and walking on the hocks, a few days of riboflavin (vitamin B 2) in a human B complex vitamin or pouktry vitamin, it usually shows improvement if started right away. If the toes are crooked, then the toes may be hard to correct after the first 2 weeks. Here is some reading about riboflavin deficiency:
https://thepoultrysite.com/publications/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency

Sorry for taking so long to get photos. Here are a few of her feet I hope they are clear enough
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