Hey everyone. Of my 3 chicks left, when I woke up this morning one appeared to have a broken leg. On closer inspection it was walking on it and moving it fine, but it collapsed and twisted the joint where scales meet feathers inward and the foot outward.
It's been getting about alright, but looked a little swollen and red so I decided to splint it so the chick didn't do any more damage.
I am not sure even how it happened, they are in a 10 gallon aquarium right now. (temporary until they are bigger. Then I will build something else to contain them until they can join the flock) There is no where to get the kind of leverage or impact to cause such an injury. The kids did drop one by mistake on Saturday, but it didn't show any symptoms until today.
I read some of the threads about splayed legs and dislocations enough to get an idea for a splint to help the little guy.
I cut a piece of straw the length of its leg, then split it long ways to get it on. I cut a slit at the knees to bend it slightly. I cut vet wrap into thin chick sized strips and used those to hold it in place.
The leg was straight and supported, but still turned out at the hip.
I used a Q-tip stem from the swollen joint to the same joint on the opposite leg to keep it from going outward and rotating.
The poor thing is none too pleased with me, and can't walk obviously. I propped it upright in a washrag for support and I'm hoping it sleeps and relaxes. I will have to hand feed it and give it water while I wait to see if it can heal.
I might have to cull the little guy if he's in too much pain and won't heal. :(
Currently he has been convinced to rest in his washrag nest.
I'll post the splint picture in the next post, it's on my phone and I'm on my laptop now.