star toe chicken


In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 24, 2013
Denton Texas
Hello all,
I was wondering if anyone has encountered a chick with sideways toes like this. He seems happy and healthy aside from his toes. He is actually the most social one in the flock and his deformation does not seem to impact his ability to get around. I'm wondering g if there is anything I need to be aware of or special care needs. I imagine this may cause some roosting problems later on.



Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
Crooked toes can be genetic (but also from incubation problems) - if he is getting around just fine then there isn't anything to worry about in my opinion. I would give the little guy an easy roost, maybe a short platform or table- in the coop just in case he needs it. Or a low roost that is wide, like a 2 x 4 turned on its side (actually all the roosts can be made like that - it is very good for them in cold climates, but you are in TX).

If you are getting into breeding chickens I'd not use him just in case, if it were me, for breeding.

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