How to treat curly toe disorder in chicken

Curly toe disorder in chicken

This is a metabolic disorder not a disease.

curly toe
curly toe

Other Names:
Hypovitaminosis B2, Riboflavin Deficiency Curly toe paralysis.

Causative agent:
is caused by riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiency in young chicks.

Clinical signs:

- Toes curled inward like a fist (both when walking and resting)
- Weakness
- Normal appetite
- Diarrhea
- Rough and dry skin


- History
- Clinical signs
- Physical exam
- Diet evaluation


Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Administered IM (1-3 mg/kg q7d) or orally (1-2 mg/kg q 24h) B


- Ensure any adult chickens intended for breeding are receiving enough riboflavin in their diet (10-16 mg/kg).

- Feed newly hatched chicks a fresh bag of starter chicken feed (not feed that has been stored for longer than 2 months), with additional riboflavin food sources during the two weeks of life.

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