Keets and crooked toes
by Cristina Santini
We have been raising Guinea hens for two years now, and this year we decided to try incubating some of the eggs.
We bought an incubator with capacity for 42 eggs. We have gotten 16 keets so far, many of them with straddle legs and crooked toes.
Making a brace with band-aids around the legs to keep them closer to one another has been very successful in treating straddle legs and they are now standing and learning to walk.
I would like to know if you have any ideas on how to correct crooked toes. In "Gardening with Guineas" Mrs. Ferguson share her method of making chick shoes with black pipe cleaners that she then attaches to the chick toes with half inch wide tape, preferably Johnson First Aid clear tape. Just wondering if anyone else had a different idea on how to deal with this problem.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
MEG: SOME THINGS TO LOOK FOR ARE POOR EGG STORAGE, USE OF DIRTY OR OLD EGGS, AND FOR DURING INCUBATION - INADEQUATE VENTILATION, EGGS NOT TURNED OFTEN ENOUGH (OR PLACED FAT END DOWN), TEMPERATURE TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW.