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#114363 - 05/12/15 08:20 PM polydactyly and polyphalangy
Robbie Offline
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I got some extra "free" chicks from a custom hatcher (I had Buckeye eggs custom incubated). I have no idea what breed(s) the free chicks are. Another chick in the mix has perfect 5 toed feet. I am hoping for a dorking mix but it's probably a silkie cross....
I hope the pictures will show up in this post.

This chick arrived with curled toes and could barely walk. I used the bandaid/duck feet method to uncurl his feet and straighten his toes. Day 1, I taped the feet as flat as I could. By the next day they had uncurled. I then used rolled up bandaid pieces to straighten out the toes that were still bent. I didn't take a "before " picture but if you can imagine the feet curled up like a fist, that's what they looked like. He was walking on his knuckles. I gave all the chicks a vitamin/electrolyte mix in their water.
The feet were straightened out in about 36 hours, so I suspect the curled feet were due to Riboflavin deficiency.

He seems fine now, he's four days old and he runs around and scratches without problems. He doesn't have any back toe so he's duck footed.... so perching might be an issue later.
If you look closely, the 2 back toes on the left foot are fused; on the right foot, the back toe has a double claw at the tip. The other toes are somewhat normal.
[img:left]http://poultrytheme.poultryswapontario.net/attachment.php?thumbnail=2533[/img]
[img:left]http://poultrytheme.poultryswapontario.net/attachment.php?thumbnail=2534[/img] [img:left]http://poultrytheme.poultryswapontario.net/attachment.php?thumbnail=2535[/img]

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#114366 - 05/13/15 09:13 AM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Robbie]
Henk69 Offline
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The images are not publicly available?

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#114367 - 05/13/15 03:31 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Henk69]
Robbie Offline
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I'm not sure what you mean by publicly available.? Anyone is free to use them though if they want.

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#114368 - 05/13/15 04:00 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Robbie]
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The pictures are restricted to registered users of this forum, as the poster (You) uploaded it to the Forum server instead to an extern upload site.
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#114370 - 05/14/15 05:00 AM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Redcap]
Robbie Offline
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Where can I find out how to fix this? thanks.

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#114373 - 05/14/15 12:28 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Robbie]
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There is a sticky topic about posting pictures

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#114378 - 05/15/15 03:05 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Henk69]
Marina Offline
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Even without seeing the pictures I'm pretty sure I understand what you mean.
I've got Faverolles and had Silkies. If you cross them with a 4-toed breed the offspring are split for the 5th toe gene. Although the 5th toe gene is dominant, in my crossbred chicks I had all kinds of misshapen 5th toes. Some like you describe but mostly the 5th toe didn't point upwards as it should but was almost flat on the ground.
The curled up toes would indicate that the conditions in the incubator were not ideal, either, which can also affect the development of the 5th toe, especially if the chick is het.

I found that these misshapen 5th toes are a good indicator whether chicks are het or hom for 5th toe. Once they are hom problems diminish significantly.

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#114380 - 05/15/15 07:20 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Marina]
Robbie Offline
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Marina I am sorry I haven't had time to figure out how to upload the pictures just yet, but I plan to fix the picture posting problem.
Thankfully, this chick was the only one that had curled toes out of the 22 chicks I received. Everything seems fine now except for the odd looking toes.

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#114381 - 05/15/15 07:44 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Robbie]
Robbie Offline
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Hopefully the pictures from photobucket are here: I apologize for the large photos, I'll work on that next.

Toes being straightened with band aids:



Toes fixed!

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#114443 - 06/04/15 03:23 PM Re: polydactyly and polyphalangy [Re: Robbie]
Wieslaw Offline
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A new publication on polydactyly(abstract):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26003297

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