Would you accept a rooster with curled toes?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by JasonK, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. JasonK

    JasonK Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    western Nebraska
    I spent a good deal of money on a pair of Coronations and they came in with toes that are curled and lie on the side. Just one toe per foot. I was told this was normal. I am just trying to get some opinions. Thanks
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    happens once in a while. Not normal.

    I had a salmon faverolle hen and a black Ameraucana roo with curved toes.
  3. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    What do you want the roo for? Showing? Breeding? A Pet? Does the toe interfere with his functioning? All that makes a big difference whether or not the curled toe is a problem.
  4. Harris5

    Harris5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    Northern CA
    If the person who sold you the 'pair' of birds, and charged you a good deal of money for them, told you curled toes were normal, it seems logical to question their judgement. Can't blame you!!
  5. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Curled toes can be a vitamin deficiency- where is Kathyinmo? She did some research on this- it is not necessarily a genetic problem that would be passed on, if you want the birds for breeding. I don't know what a judge would say if you show the birds.
  6. JasonK

    JasonK Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    western Nebraska
    I don't want the birds for showing just breeding. I paid $175 plus shipping for them. Just a little disappointed due to the price and the breeder I received them from.
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    It is a vitamin deficiency. It is also a sign of heavy inbreeding. Often Tolbunts and badly bred Easter Eggers can throw this trait, and no, it is not normal or wanted. If you paid good money for him, I'd be quite upset if I were you.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2010
  8. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    just be happy you weren't the one that paid over $1000 for a pair!

    curled toes can be a deficiency in the parent birds when they were breeding, lack of biotin or a b vitamin. i have seen it in my favs and when mentioned on the fav thread one of the top breeders mentioned that it is not really genetic unless you are doing all the right stuff by giving them extra vitamins and minerals during breeding, and the curled toes happen in most of the chicks and continue into the next generation. when 2 of my chicks started out with slightly curved/curled toes or ones pointing in an obviously wrong direction i upped their vitamins and the toes seemed to straighten out within the week after hatch.

    i also think it depends on the severity of the curled toes since i had a frizzle roo that had both feet curled completely and learned to walk on the sides of he feet! he figured how to hold onto the hens but his attitude turned aggressive and he had to go! i never hatched any eggs while he was in the pen since he was still young .
  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Curled toes can also be from too high of temperature in the incubator.

    I would never sell a cockerel with curled toes, there are too many good ones in every hatch. I would ask for a refund or for them to ship a different bird.

    ETA: I just wanted to clarify my response is for if the bird has really bent curled toes. Sometimes birds toes don't always lay perfectly straight and can be twisted just slightly. I guess what I am saying is "we need pictures".
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2010
  10. justuschickens59

    justuschickens59 VA Royal Blues

    Apr 2, 2009
    How old are the birds? Too old to try and "fix" them?

    Regardless, I don't think you should have been sold a bird with curled toes...especially when you paid $175 for a pair. I would ask for the breeder to replace the bird with the curled toes, or I would ask for a refund.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2010

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