Weird deposits on chicks toenails?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by juliemom25, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. juliemom25

    juliemom25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We finally have a nice day here in Ohio and so I took a few of our 3 1/2 week old chicks outside. They were very unimpressed, but as I was out there I noticed that 2 of my chicks (EE's) had like weird little "balls" of something in their toenails. The "balls" are pretty much the color of their poop. I tried to pick it off and it was stuck (I didn't try too hard because I didn't want to hurt them). It is right at the tip of the nail and it encompasses the nail tip to varying degrees. What is this? Should I get it off?

    Julie
     
  2. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    its food they have gotten their feet wet and then walked in the food. I had that happen to a few of my polish chicks I ran their feet under warm water until it sofened and it fell off. I did notice that one of them had curled toes afterward and I wondered if it was from that. I would try to get it off right away. Hope this helps Micki
     
  3. juliemom25

    juliemom25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for the reply! I will try that!

    Julie
     

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