webbed toes on my baby cochin

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

  1. carriehelene

    carriehelene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all. I realize that chickens have some webbing between their toes, however, my baby cochin I received today has webbing almost halfway along the length of her outer two toes, and while the toes aren't exactly fused together, the outer toe on both feet do not seperate on their own, causing her to wobble somewhat when she walks. She does walk, just a little wobbly. Any ideas on how to handle this?
     
  2. hennypenny9

    hennypenny9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not entirely sure, but I don't want this to get to the second page, so bump!
     
  3. I LOVE COCHINS

    I LOVE COCHINS ChochieChochieCoo

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    Can you post pictures so we can see what your talking about by webbing? Maybe someone else here at the BYC has more experience with this type of problem. I myself have not had this happen.
     
  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems like something you could clip free at this early age. Sharp scissors, and keep her seperate until they heal.
     
  5. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read about it one here in other places, if I remember right, it seems to be a birth defect caused by genes or something....

    And i did read about other people clipping them, so maybe someone can help you!
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I could swear I read on here once that this is a defect that could be due to (too much) line breeding, though I'm not completely sure. I would certainly not use this specimen for breeding. If it's getting around okay, I wouldn't bother cutting it, either. Why cause undue stress? JMO
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    A co-worker had a duck and chicken mate. They hatched the eggs in their Incubator. The chicks looked like chicks with webbed feet.
     

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