Crooked Toes February 29, 2012
If you have chickens long enough and especially if you incubate fertilized hatching eggs yourself, there’s a good chance you’ll have a chicken with curled or crooked toes. Curled toes is when a chick or chicken walks on the tops of this curled toes and crooked toes is when they walk on the sides of their feet. It can be caused by incorrect temperatures during incubation, incorrect diet (usually insufficient Riboflavin) or inherited. Read more about crooked and curly toes.
Frequently a chick with curled toes does not survive. If they do survive, however, a chicken with crooked toes can live very happily. We have a Partridge Penedesenca that was born with crooked toes and now is one of the top girls in the pecking order. (And my, do we love those deep, chocolate-brown eggs.)
Having a chicken with a deformity can be heartbreaking and not all conditions have a positive outcome. However, a bird with crooked toes can still live a happy, full and chirpy life.
(If you catch crooked or curled toes very early on you can sometimes correct it with a special boot made from a band aid.)