Yes the black bit looks dead to me too Julie. I ment to say it was born with it, and have just managed to get this picture of the other foot.
you can see its very alike, but okay at the moment, and has a small nail. Looks like with the other one, the nail was either caught somehow, or maybe pecked. The chicks do preen, so maybe it could be possible its done it to its self.
Whats your thoughts Sal and Jon? Was this like Puku's? How old was Puku when you took her to the vet as well. Im a bit worried this one could be too young at the moment. The other may have to be done as well. If it catches it later, it could be worse than having it done now, you know how active these birds are. To do them both at the same time might be too much for such a young bird. Im pretty sure being the toe it is, it will be fine coping with food and getting around, but I'm no expert of course.
I dont seem to be having much luck at the moment.
Poor little Ghandi, although he or she seems very bright enough.
Ive just made an appointment for little Ghandi for the morning, so ill let you know how things go. Regardless of the toe, its got a good grip. Also had a really good check of the others, and they are fine, big boy or still a ? ..is really getting quite something now. Looking like Dad.
I really cannot believe only a month ago they had these stubs for wings, and are now feathering up and getting very green. Its really wonderful, i only wish i could show some of you, especially those like me, who have never experienced this until now.
sorry Scully ive only just caught up with your question your pictures are beautiful by the way
the foot in the first picture look pretty much like puku's was but the one in the second doesnt look as bad. They are tough little birds though and can cope quite happily without the extra toe on each foot. If it bothers him/her (squeeze gently and if it pulls away it hurts) i would advise the vets so they can remove it but if it doesnt seem to be any trouble at the moment it can wait till it gets a little older.
Sorry i know im too late with the advice as you already have an appointment for him, let us know how he gets on
If you look at the toe Sal, you can see a bit of swelling, and redness towards that indented bit. Well looking at it this morning, im sure the redness has crept up a tad more. So just incase of infection getting trough to the foot, i thought we would be best sorting it out now. Its gripping very well, so i cant see it can be hurting much, but it does need to come off i think. If it gets past that indent, it could end up being the foot for all i know.
Im wondering if this Chick could end up being quite a cinnamon colour, its very like that in alot of places. Its head is just showing the red top
As Orange and sal said Puku's toe did the same thing.
My self and my Dad had a look and couldn't see any thing, the vet used high power magnifying glasses to see what it was, and when he took it off i could only just see it.
Failing that it might just be a slight prob in blood flow to his toe, one of my previous babies , remember Emu?, he hatched with only 3 toeson one foot. Even if it has to come off he/she will be fine. They have 2 front and 2 back toes and can lose 1 of each and still get on fine. its only a problem if they lose either both front or rear toes then they can't grip any thing.. He'll be fine either way .
I'm really confused with baldy now, his got pink lutino eyes yet it looks like his got green, or darker feathers on the edge of his wings....mmmm. lol
well you know me when it comes to genetics Jon.. Bit of a Birdbrain!
it just looks that sort of yellow green colour in places, but as its so early to tell ..who knows Looking at what toes the Kaks use the most today, it seems to be the right one. The one that does not get used so much with gripping etc.
Too young to amputate, which was what i expected, but the chick does have an infection in the toe. I have to give a miniscule drip of antibiotics once a day. I have to go back in a week, and it will need to be amputated later. but its possible it could drop off by itself. Its also not a toe that is too important, so i guess little Ghandi now Annie(after Annie Lennox- the head!) has a good chance. My gut feeling said dont leave it, and im so glad i did not.
other than that he said it was looking very healthy, which was nice to know.