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Toes curled under on newly hatched silkie chicks.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Featherland, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 Silkie chicks that hatched this morning and their outer toes are curled under their feet. Is there anything I can do to correct this?
     
  2. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had that happen to several of mine too. I was told to get a thin piece of cardboard and use duct tape to tape thier toes down and then trim it so that it is like a little shoe. I tried it and it didnt work for mine. they do pretty good with curled toes. Just cant perch on anything real well. Jenn
     
  3. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you jkcove08. I will try that. Does anyone know why that happens?
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It's either genetic or the humidity was off.
     
  5. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would that be the humidity too high or too low? Could it be a vitamin deficiency? I put bandaids on their feet and they are walking much better. Does anyone know how long to keep the bandaids on their feet?
     
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    In addition to the "shoe" (for small chicks a strong tape...even duct tape will usually do> place foot on a square with toes in proper position then another square on top and press well together then trim)
    I feel it is crucial to add a supplement for the b vitamins in particular B-2 (riboflavin) as a deficiency is often involved with curled toes. POLYVISOL does not have the B-1 but does have B-2 I believe so I would give three drops of that daily into beak for a week then ease off the next in addition to the shoe.
     
  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a link that might be of some help. http://www.peafowl.org/ARTICLES/1/
    I've never had any experience with crooked toes with my chics, so I can't offer any other advice to ya.
    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  8. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for your help and advice. [​IMG] I have been giving them vitamins. Last night I took their' bandaid shoes" off (they were on for 3 days) and their toes are just fine now.
    Featherland
     

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