I have BCM chicks that are 9 weeks old. We had sub zero temperatures a couple weeks ago and they stayed very close to the lamp for days. I did not notice until it was too late that they had been pooping and standing in it during that cold spell. They had plenty of house space, but they stayed in the warm spot. Three of the chicks had swollen toes and were high-stepping as if their feet hurt. Two of them were slow-feathering and scrawny before the toe problem so I culled them. One of them is my favorite. He has tight, beautiful plumage, good coloring, and is the most charming character of the flock. He was bleeding around one claw when I caught the problem. I cleaned the bedding (pine shavings). The swelling went down and the bleeding stopped, but he lost a couple claws and the swelling didn't completely go away. There is no wire flooring or anything that should snag a chicken's claw in their house. Now it has been a couple weeks and his toes are still swollen. It looks like they are swelling more than they were a few days ago. He doesn't walk as if his feet hurt and he scratches just as much as anyone else. Their bedding is clean, and they spend most of the day outside now that it is warmer. I'm pretty sure its not bumble foot. The pads of his feet look fine. The pads of the culled chicks' feet looked normal also. There are no large bulges, just a general swelling of the toes. One foot is swollen more than the other. Does anyone have an idea as to what this may be? Is this a condition which would make him a poor breeding candidate? His character and coloring are awesome & I really want him to be a papa some day. Any help would be greatly appreciated.