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Tiny little Sultan pullet has a black toe

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kristenm1975, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    She's only about a week old and is in with two other banties and 6 full size chicks that are a bit younger. I noticed that the tip of the toe was black when we got her a few days ago, but now it's two-thirds black and she squawks when I touch it. She walks and hops around in her bedding fine with no crying or obvious signs of pain.

    Should I do something or just wait and see?
  2. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Any suggestions you night owls out there?
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    I don't know how helpful I can be, but I'm a night owl. :)
    My first thought on your post is to ask if you have be able to examine her toe very closely to make sure there is nothing wrapped around it (piece of thread or something)? Hopefully, that is all it is and you can get it removed. I had that happen years ago with a chiken that got her feet all tangled in some cord that blew into my yard. Once I got it cut off, she was fine. Although, with the black coloring, she may loose that toe.
    I wish you the best with her.
  4. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I agree with Kelpie that you should check for anything cutting off circulation to the toe.

    The only other reasons that I can think of for the toe to turn black would be frost bite or gangrene.


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