Chick curled toe
As I mentioned before, one
of our chicks hatched with a foot problem. The toes on one foot
were curled into a fist that remained closed even when the chick
started hopping around.
I've seen various splint methods
on the internet, but the one that worked for us was to use two pieces
of 3M Transpore tape to sandwich the chick's toes into a flat
position. Various people have had good luck with using bandaids
and cardboard, but I didn't think the bandaids were sticky enough, so I
opted for the breathable but stickier Transpore. The extra
stickiness made it easy to uncurl one toe at a time, laying each one
against the tape to stay in place while I worked on the next.
We replaced the splint 24 hours
later, at which point it was clear the toes were starting to uncurl but
weren't there yet. The second splint stayed on for two days,
which seemed to be just long enough to make sure the chick was able to
walk flat-footed rather than on a fist. His toes are still
slightly crooked, but the deformity doesn't seem to slow him down --- I
have to sit and watch the brooder for five minutes before I can even
pick him out. I'm glad to have been able to save such an intrepid
Our chicken waterer is the perfect way to keep your chicks healthy from day 1.
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