Lesson 479 – Another update on our Black Copper Maran’s surgery

Just wanted to let you know how our baby Black Copper Maran chick: Charlie is doing with some before and after photos.

Here is Charlie on the day we got her home. (note – little black chicks are notoriously difficult to take photos of.)

just a little bitty thing.

And here is Charlie now, almost 2 weeks later.

This chick has legs from here to there.

Here are her feet before I released the webbing.

You can see the webbing and deformation in this photo.

And here they are 4 days after the surgery. As you can see there is still a lot of extra tissue (that Charlie sometimes tugs at) but she is able to roost, walk upright using both feet equally, scratch, and roost. All very important chicken activities.

It does look like she has a small amount of feather growth on her feet which may or may not cause a problem because of the extra tissue and her middle toes are still a tiny bit curled but I don’t think it’s enough to justify a shoe (where the heck are the toenails on those toes?)  But as far as healing is concerned, Charlie is ready to be discharged from the chick ICU and is now back to her regular antics while hanging out with the rest of the human flock.


Filed under Backyard Chickens, Charlie, chicken care, Chicks

5 responses to “Lesson 479 – Another update on our Black Copper Maran’s surgery

  1. Hey sis: So will those feet be able to support 20 lbs of chicken?

  2. Lisa

    Looks like you did a great job on her surgery!!!

  3. michelle

    I have a adult rooster that i noticed his toes are sideways. i thought he might be missing some kind of vitamin but maybe it’s this. did you do the the surgery your self or did you take it to a vet? if you done it. How did you do it?

    • Wendy Thomas

      I did the surgery myself. First I put ora-gel on the feet, then my son held Charlie as I cut through the webs. After surgery Charlie’s feet were “casted” with a piece of cardboard on the bottom and the tape part of a bandaid on top. I started Charlie on physical therapy the first day *after* her surgery.

      On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 11:21 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


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