Mis-shaped toes

Bent toes in chickens

source: Victoria Roberts
Country Smallholding April 2002 p20

Bent toes in chickens are often inherited, though they may have other causes. Inappropriate temperatures in incubators can also lead to curling toes, as can vitamin deficiencies. Chicks born with club-shaped feet have to be culled, due to their inability to walk. However, toes that are only slightly bent do not seem to have adverse effects on chickens’ production, though they may be more vulnerable to arthritis.