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Lavender orp leg deformity?

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Hello all,

 

I am new to chickens, I just started my flock a few weeks ago and am learning as I go. I have 13 chicks and one of them I noticed last week hobbles around strangely. This particular chick hit a growth spurt and suddenly doubled in size much quicker than the others. That's about the time that I noticed the leg issue. I would hope I didn't completely miss it from the start.

Anyhow, the chicks hocks seem to be turned inward causing it to have its feet turned outward. It seems otherwise healthy, eats drinks and hobbles around. Because of its size and appearance compared to the others I purchased at the same time I'm pretty sure its a cockerel.

I have a band around his legs and that seems to give support but the legs are just twisted the wrong direction.

Advice?

 

 

post #2 of 5

When I read your description, I thought it might be a meat bird that got too big to get around, but that is a little one.  Looks like straddle leg, I have no experience with this, but there are many on here who have.  I hope one of those folks can help you out!

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I checked out spraddle leg and most birds are spraddled at the top of the leg.
This lil chick seems to be pretty normal from the thigh to the hock with no spraddle. It is more like it has crooked hocks
post #4 of 5

Feed vitamins.  If it is getting around and eating it may grow out of it, but my first thought is a vitamin deficiency.  I occasionally have this at hatch and provided they can move around I just give vitamins.  You can use chick boost or sometimes I juice beet greens and add to the water as this is SUPER high in potassium which regulates cell structure and the intake of nutrients.  Usually it straightens itself out.  

 

Keep us posted.

Crazy about Orpingtons and about creating the best hybrid  hens for our egg farm!

 

 

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Crazy about Orpingtons and about creating the best hybrid  hens for our egg farm!

 

 

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Thank you! I'll have to pick up some chick boost and give it a try. This chick is about 6 weeks old so and it started from what I could tell when it hit this last growth spurt of rapid size
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