what is crooked feet a result from?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkies4penny, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. silkies4penny

    silkies4penny In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2011
    Fayetteville, WV
    I hatched a silkie a week ago that had both its feet curled to the inside. I delt with the splayed legs, got them corrected but the twisted up feet are aweful. I am thinking about killing the chick because It can still barely get around. I have tried every splint, tape and coin that people have suggested. My question is did an incubation error do this or was is luck of the draw? I had seen a post a while back that had troubleshooting tips for what goes wrong, I thought it might have said that crooked feet are because of too much tempreture fluctuation. Anyone know for sure?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Incubator conditions can cause feet and leg problems. When this is the case generally more than one chick are affected. Another strong possibility is genetic defect.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  4. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I just learned for an experienced hatching person that humidity during lockdown can effect the toes. Increasing the humidity and leaving the afflicted chicks in the moist environment of the hatcher helped alleviate the symptoms.

    Not saying this is the cause, just that it could be. GL
  5. Higins00

    Higins00 Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    We hatched out 3 eggs as a school project. One egg did not hatch and the other 2 came out with the curled toes/feet. I read where the temp was too low, high enouph to form the chick but not high enouph to finish the job.
    I checked out the temp and it indeed was too low. Someone told me to buy make up sponges set them around the legs and feet and get a bigger sponge to hold her up in a plastic container so her feet would not touch the bottom. . I splinted the toes and legs with tooth picks ( cut to size and ends filed down). It straighted the toes but the legs were to severe. I ended up culling it so it wouldn't suffer. Good Luck

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