What's wrong with my baby Pheasant's feet?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BackyardDove, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. BackyardDove

    BackyardDove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What on earth is going on with his feet? He's a five week old Red Golden Pheasant, and as you can see, his feet are pretty gnarly. There's one toe where the toenail is even completely upside down! He's able to stand properly, but can't walk right to save his life. He's constantly stumbling and falling around. I had four other pheasant hatch this season, and they too seemed to have messed up feet and had difficulties walking. I lost those chicks though due to both an unexpected lice infestation and due to them getting their feet caught in the spacing of the wire floor(hence why this guy has a solid floor) weeks ago. I thought he would grow out of it, but he hasn't and his feet are only getting more and more noticeably messed up. I also noticed that, for the first few days, all the pheasant chicks were noticeably weaker than my chicken chicks. If they fell onto their back, they would simply stay that way for a few minutes, before getting back on their feet! Last year, I lost all but two pheasant chicks because the others were unable to hatch due to their parents not getting enough protein. Those two chicks also ended up dying thanks to my stupid dog, but their feet were normal and they weren't weak. This year, I gave my pheasant pair a special pheasant blend with 30% protein in it, as well as free fed them wild bird seeds with sunflower seeds in it. I didn't free fed them the special blend since my doves were gobbling it up too, and I was unsure if the extra protein would hurt them, but they got the blend every other day. I also gave them grass/weeds whenever I thought about it. As a result, any eggs that were fertile hatched successfully, but they all had this foot deformity. Meanwhile, the protein-deficient chicks from last year didn't? The chicks this year also all got only the special 30% protein blend. Is a nutrition issue, or something that glitched while in the egg, or something else? Help on what's going on and if I can help this little guy is appreciated!

    But please, if this is a nutrition deficiency, tell me how to fix it and not just say it's a nutrition problem. I have no idea where to start if this is a nutrition issue with the parents or chicks!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Make sur erhat you also post this on the pheasant thread located under the forum heading at the top of the page, then scroll down to other backyard poultry. I only know about chickens, but crooked toes can be a result of heredity, mineral dediciency, and flooring. In chicks this may be helped in the first couple of days by taping and making shoes for them to wear for some rime. You can read about in by Googling crooked toes in chicks, and look for TheChickenChick and Poultry Pedia Podiatry.
     
  3. BackyardDove

    BackyardDove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, I'll be sure to do that, I wasn't sure what would be the best place to put this. I don't think it's hereditary, since the chicks from last year were just fine, yet all of this year's are messed up. The flooring may be contributing to the issue too, since last year the chicks were with broody hens outside and these guys were raised inside by me, but I've already made the floor solid, so I'm not sure what else I could do. Mineral deficiency may be the cause too, but since I'm already feeding them a special pheasant blend, I don't know what else to do. I tried fixing one of the other chick's feet using a bandaid, but it came right off. I'll do some research into chick footwear and see if I can find something that'll work for him. Thank you!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Oh, and another cause of crooked feet can be spikes in incubation temperature, according to some people. You might get some Rooster Booster Poultry Booster or another product that contains vitamins and minerals to use in the feed 2-3 days a week.
     
  5. BackyardDove

    BackyardDove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This and all but one of my pheasant chicks were incubated by hens, who've incubated before with normal footed chicks. I'll take a look at that product in particular, I'm just afraid they might get too much of something, since a pheasant diet is different from a chicken diet.
     

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