Keets and crooked toes

by Cristina Santini
(United States)

Hello everyone,

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.
Cristina

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.

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Feb 11, 2015
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curled toes on chicks
by: cristina

Thank you very much Annmariapeter for your suggestions on how to correct chickens curled toes.
Will certainly try next time I have that problem.
Thanks again

Feb 10, 2015
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by: annmariapeter

To straighten the curled toes create a chick sandal by using thin cardboard and trace around the foot. To the length of the toe cut the wooden skewers. Attach them to the toes tightly and make sure that it is not blocking the blood circulation. Make a card board sandal and add to the foot and rap it.

May 08, 2013
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Shoes for crooked toes
by: Jo

Hi Cristina,

You can make little shoes for the keets with wonky toes. I've done it very successfully with chicks. First I sticky tape the bottom of the foot, holding the toes straight, then put sticky tape on the top of the foot, press the tape together between the toes so they are held in position. Cut out a triangular shape of thin card, just the right size & shape for the foot to sit on & tape it in place. If you get the toes taped in the first 24 hours after hatching, it should only take a matter of a few hours - at least 8, but I generally wait 24 to be sure - for the toes to be permanently straightened. Use olive oil on the tape to ease it off the foot so you don't harm the keets skin.

Cheers, Jo


Oct 13, 2012
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Guinea hens crooked toes and legs
by: Cristina

Thank you so much Meg for your invaluable information. We purchased an incubator with automatic egg turner so I don't think that was our problem. Based on your feedback we think many of the eggs were old. We took them from nests we found out of the chicken coop. Also, handling them from the remote nest to the incubator could have damaged them as well. We are happy with the 15 keets we got, although not sure if the two with crooked legs will live long. Tried my best to make a brace to keep their legs closer together but don't think it's helping. Thank you again, Cristina

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