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.