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Curled toes splint fabrication for a baby chick

fixing a club foot on a chick with adhesive tape

close up of a roll of 3M transpore tape
One of our Light Sussex chicks took a little longer fighting his way out of the egg and somehow didn't get to extend his toes on his right foot.

We had some good luck fabricating a splint with a small piece of 3M Transpore tape.

I think it's going to work. He pecked at it for a few minutes, and then the other chicks pecked at it for a while and then stopped.

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I guess that drops my grade on the gestalt of the hatch to a B-. I had a feeling I should be helping that guy, but I had just helped a chick in a similar predicament too soon and didn't want to repeat my mistake....
Comment by anna Mon Aug 22 17:21:17 2011
Our last chick had to be helped out of its shell having tried to hatch for 25 hours. Well and truly stuck and has curled toes. Put the micropore tape on this morning and hoping for the best, but Im sure he looks more upright already !!
Comment by Anonymous Mon Feb 6 05:35:21 2012
Anonymous --- I'm so glad we could help! You can read more about our curled toe chick treatment here. I wish we'd treated it the first day of its life, though, because the foot did stunt the chick.
Comment by anna Mon Feb 6 17:00:08 2012

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