Cute Chicks and Curled Toes (Update)

We just finished the first round of a staggered hatch a couple of days ago. Three black copper Marans chicks hatched along with four Icelandics. As usual, the Icelandics are running around, eating and drinking, while the Marans (from now on referred to as BCM’s) stand dazed and confused.



One of the Icelandic’s, a little bit of a thing that hatched out of a tiny pullet egg, has bilateral curled toes.


I made a set of booties for the little chick which should correct the problem in a couple of days. You have to catch it early and correct the curl while the bones are still pliable.



Here’s a little video I shot of the babies after taking them from the incubator and putting them in the brooder. You can see the baby with the curled toes. At the end of the video you can see the booty treatment in action. I will check him again today and may have to replace the booties. the others peck at them because they are different. Humans aren’t the only species to do this. Please enjoy the video. You’ll see the Icelandics immediately find the water, the little curly toed baby finds the food, and the big silly BCM’s just stand there. They’ll get the hang of it.


It’s been 48 hours since the little chick had booties put on. At 24 hours there was noticable improvement so we were able to switch to a bootie with two band aids and no cardboard. At 48 hours I was able to take the bootie off. Unfortunately the other chicks pecked the little one’ eye when it got stuck in the feeder tray. I am treating it with Teramycin Opthamic ointment and it is getting better. In the new vide the chick is shaking his head to get the ointment out of his eye. As of tonight, the chick is back in the brooder with the others and it is going well. Please enjoy the video.


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  1. says

    Sweet little peepers! Loved the videos. As you mentioned, the tiny size of the Icy’s egg was the likely cause of her curled toes- there’s not much room for growth inside in the average-sized egg, much less a small egg- something’s gotta give, right? Nice work on the booties. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the bones harden into the correct position?

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

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  2. says

    Great post! Thanks for sharing at the From the Farm blog Hop. Often curled toes are the result of a vitamin deficiency so adding some brewers yeast or nutri-drench to the feed for a few days can also help along with your bootie treatment.

    Fresh Eggs Daily

    • Mary says

      Thanks Lisa. The eggs were shipped from a breeder not from my own flock. I always feed probiotics and other supplements to my chick’s feed. Love the Farm Blog Hop! You have to get up pretty early to beat those other bloggers. :-)


  3. says

    Love the videos! This is all so interesting to me having been a city girl all my life. But my mom grew up on a farm in a small Indiana town, home to the Indiana Hoosiers, and she used to tell us stories about it. Your stories remind me of her, so I do enjoy them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mary says

      I am jealous of your travels. The animals keep us pretty tied down but home is where I want to be right now so it’s all good. Thanks for visiting.

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