Toes curling to inside can’t grasp perch.

ChugiakQuack

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Aug 14, 2019
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I have a 5 week old Brabanter Male. 2 days ago I noticed his toes curling and thought at first that he had broken a toe. I brought him inside to splint , but, I don’t think it’s broken. There is no swelling, he bears weight, doesn’t exhibit any pain when I manipulated the toes. Eating and pooping is normal. I gave him some extra protein, fish oil and vitamin B. The problem is he can not grasp with his toes. I tried to get him on his perch, and he was very unstable. Do you think I should try splinting? I can’t seam to get the video to upload. I put some pictures on though. What do you think I can do to help this baby??
 
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slordaz

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What is he being fed including any treats?

Looks like ya need some jumbos size chicken flip flops, get a piece of cardboard and cut it big enough to put his foot flat on it, I like to wrap gauze around it then tape it but sometimes they can get those off?
Here is some good info concerning podiatry for chickens
https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
 

gtaus

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The problem is he can not grasp with his toes. I tried to get him on his perch, and he was very unstable.
I have read that chickens don't grasp a perch with their toes for sleeping like other birds. Chickens sleep with their toes flat underneath them. This is why many people recommend using a 2x4 laid flat as a perch, especially for us in cold winter areas, so the chickens can plop their belly on top of their toes and keep them warm.

My perches are 2x4's laid flat and my chickens seem to be doing fine. Maybe give it a try for your bird and see if that helps.
 

ChugiakQuack

In the Brooder
Aug 14, 2019
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What is he being fed including any treats?

Thank you for the link and the help!! He is still getting chick crumbles. And once a day I bring them a different treat. Raspberries, peas, mealworms, parsley and spinach leaves. I put electrolytes in their water every few days and probiotics. I’ve had trouble finding polyvisol in my town that doesn’t have iron. Do you think this is rickets? His left leg started out splayed from hatch and I fixed that with binding, and physical therapy, now 5 weeks later the right foot is jacked!! He is a pretty aggressive little guy, and is constantly initiating play fighting. Maybe he hurt himself somehow.
What is he being fed including any treats?

Looks like ya need some jumbos size chicken flip flops, get a piece of cardboard and cut it big enough to put his foot flat on it, I like to wrap gauze around it then tape it but sometimes they can get those off?
Here is some good info concerning podiatry for chickens
https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
 

ChugiakQuack

In the Brooder
Aug 14, 2019
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Thank you. I will switch their perches out to see if it helps him. I’m sad for him cause he sits under the perch they have and can’t cuddle up for warmth with his siblings. I brought him inside last night because it’s already in the high 30’s at night here, and I couldn't bear the thought of him being cold.
 

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