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post #1 of 14
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Hi guys!!!!!
I just went to a feed store, and i saw this poor little fella staying alone. I picked her up and she had bent leg. She may be trampled over. She is a buttercup.
What can I do????? Please helppppp!!!!!
What is her chance of survival???? I don't mind raising a special need chicken!
post #2 of 14

If possible take better pictures of her sitting/standing so folks can give advice on how to tape it.

post #3 of 14
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Here it is. She is active otherwise!
post #4 of 14

She may have a slipped tendon or leg bone deformity known as a valgus deformity that has caused the hock tendon to have a problem or rupture. It may not respond to treatment, but there certainly is good reason to try poultry vitamins with minerals, splinting, or trying to reposition the tendon. Here are some links to read that may help you:


How to fix a slipped tendon (From Poultry Pedia Podiatry Page)

Fix Slipped Achilles Tendon in Hock Joint

Click here to read one little chick's success story of recovery from a Slipped Tendon & Perosis.
Click here to see a video of movement patterns of one chick with Perosis. Editor's note: The video says Perosis can't be treated after 24 hours, but I have not seen any other source say this, so I don't know that is true.
Note from Editor: My limited personal experiences with trying to treat Slipped Achilles Tendon have not been successful. Some other people report they have had several successes. However, from my research, it sounds as though the majority of people find that if a few manipulation attempts don't correct the problem, additional attempts only cause significant unnecessary suffering and don't help the chick.
Information below is from what I have read & tried to analyze myself, but may not be sufficiently informed. Please do additional research to ensure best treatments. [If you have a success story, photos, or treatment tips, it would be very helpful if you would Contact PoultryPedia so they can be shared to help others!]
  • Slipped Achilles Tendon is a condition that results when tendon that runs down through the groove on the back of a bird's hock has slipped out of place off to the side.
  • This problem causes a serious form of Splayed Leg that cannot be corrected until the Achilles Tendon is put back in place. It may also lead to Twisted Leg and other problems if not treated soon enough.
  • This problem frequently occurs in conjunction with Chondrodystrophy / Achondroplasia & Perosis, conditions in which nutritional deficiencies in parent bird's diet keep chick's bones from developing properly to hold tendon.
    • See "Ensure adequate nutrition to prevent Perosis" section on this page to be sure that your chick feed has appropriate amounts of essential nutrients, and try supplementing in extra if your chick is showing a problem.
  • Symptoms:
    • The back of the hock will look flat (Compare to other legs to double-check).
    • The bird won't be able to fully straighten its leg by itself.
    • The bird will likely exhibit pain at least the first few days after injury. Birds may peep or cry repeatedly.
    • The joint will become swollen after a while.
    • Hold the joint between your thumb & finger and roll it back and forth. If the tendon has slipped, you will feel it snap back into place (and back out again, if the bone is not sufficiently developed). If you don't feel the tendon pop in, your bird may instead have a rotated femur, which requires surgery.
    • One leg may rotate out to the side or twist underneath the bird (showing Splayed Leg), depending on whether the tendon has slipped to the outside or inside of the leg.
    • If the tendons are slipped in both legs, the bird will stand & walk hunched down / squatting on its hocks ("elbows"), and may use its wings for balance. 
  • Treat this problem as soon as possible, so the joint doesn't swell as much (making healing more difficult) and the tendon does not end up shortened or deformed.
    • If the tendon has been out of place more than a few days, it may be unbearably painful to the bird to try to fix it or may cause damage. You could try gradually stretching the leg the leg a number of times a few days to lengthen the tendon, & then try correcting the placement.
      • This is especially true of young chicks because their legs are growing so quickly. Various bones, tendons & muscles will have done a lot of growing in just a couple of days and may have become too short, long or twisted so they can't allow the Achilles tendon to be back in the correct location.
  • To reposition the tendon into the correct place: Gently pull the upper part of bird's leg a bit behind normal position and then carefully straighten the leg as though bird were stretching its leg back in a pretty normal stretching motion. Press gently against the side of the tendon if needed, and it should pop back into place pretty easily and cause little if any pain. Gently release the leg and it should return to a normal bent position.
    • Some sources recommend pushing the tendon back in place just by pressing with your finger. However, stretching the leg back is a much less painful method.
  • Sometimes a tendon has a hard time staying in place. It may have been out of place for too long or a chick's hock groove may not yet have developed enough to hold the tendon well (Be sure to provide very good nutrition to support optimal bone growth at this time. Do NOT give Calcium or other nutrients in excessive amounts, however--that could cause other problems.).
    • You can repeat the repositioning of the tendon additional times. This may help the tendon gradually lengthen & shape correctly, while the bone is also growing enough to hold the tendon better.
    • You can put the tendon in place & then ***wrap the joint area with sports tape*** or other tape to help hold it there. Use a thin strip of tape wrapped several times around the joint. Change the tape after a few days to ensure it doesn't restrict circulation too much.
    • It will also help if you put the bird in a Chick / Chicken Sling or Chair and/or put its leg in a cast (such as one made from a bendable drinking straw) for a few days (~5) while re-alignment stabilizes.
      • (Note: There is some debate on whether it is better for feet to not touch the ground--as recommended below-- or to touch the ground a little. Please research further when making the choice.)
      • It is important for the legs not be able to reach the ground. The bird needs to be suspended with its legs just hanging freely or in not-too-tight casts shaped in normal bent angle. In this position, the chick won't try to use its legs as much. Its legs need relaxed rest in their normal position until the tendon(s) have stretched and adjusted back to the right place and shape.
  • Even after the tendon is back in place, the bird may continue to have some problems walking for a few days. If so, use a Hock Cushion(s) to protect its hock(s) from chafing & bruising during recovery. Limber the leg by gently stretching the leg several times a day, as you did when repositioning the tendon (Check to make sure the tendon stays in place.). If the chick struggles to figure out correct movements, Physical Therapy or short sessions in a Chick Cup (More info to be added.) may help.
  • You can try Surgery for a tendon that won't go into place or won't stay in place, along with other treatments. Click here to read one little chick's success story.
  • If there is swelling on hock:
  • If infection is part of what is causing joint to swell, there will be pus in the area, though it may be hard to definitely identify beneath the skin. In this case, recovery is almost always impossible, and would be EXTREMELY difficult. In almost all cases the bird should be put down to avoid additional suffering.
  • If swelling was just caused by displacement that has now been fixed, swelling will go down in 2-4 days.
  • If there is non-infected swelling & initial attempts to put the tendon back in place aren't successful, you may try putting the bird in a Chick Chair for a day or two while giving nutritional supplements. This can allow swelling to go down before trying again, and possibly allow the groove to more fully develop correctly. Be sure to regularly stretch/extend the leg during this time to help the tendon lengthen.
    • *Be aware that Chick Chair treatment requires a lot of work, and it may not be successful and may only prolong suffering.
post #5 of 14
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OMG THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!! I will read all of them carefully. In the meantime, I am feeding her with syringe. I put her near water, and she is drinking too. I am just afraid that she is going to be stomped over by the other two chicks that I got from the feed store. So at the moment, in the brooder I put a clear plastic container and separate her from the other two, that way she knows she is not alone. I also put a pint size teddy bear for her to lean on.
post #6 of 14
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I name her Hope. I hope she will live. She is actually quite strong. She pecks my hand strong. And when I syringe fed her, her beak gripped my finger hard too, i guess that's a good sign. Ahe is also eating and drinking. I separated her from the 2 little hyper polish babies. She likes a teddy bear and leans on it when resting.
What is her chance for survival?
post #7 of 14

Good luck with little Hope. I raised a Delaware pullet a few years ago who had a slipped tendon. She actually got around quite well and lived for several years. She seemed well adjusted and as normal as she could be, got along well with my other birds. I imagine this little chook will do just fine.

post #8 of 14

This thread is about a little chick that has a slipped tendon or other leg prooblem, and she has continued to raise this chick with another apart from the other chickens in their own pen. Although she couldn't fix it, it seems to have a decent life.


and here is a follow-up to that thread:

Edited by Eggcessive - 10/25/15 at 11:20am
post #9 of 14
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Thank you! This is encouraging. Upon closer look, I am almost certain that this is not a slipped tendon. The left leg was bent outward, and the right leg all the way to the thigh is also not straight. At the very least, when I lift her up with my 2 fingers underneath, the right leg should be straight. I just compared with the oter 2 chicks, her right thigh is outward and leg normal straight. Overall, croocked. While...her left thigh is straight and her left leg is completely facing sideways (outward to left). She can't even lift herself. The teddy bear helps lift her body. I ut food and water on my contact lenses container...because i was going to be away for about 6 hours today. I syringe fed her before i left until her crop is full. When i came back, the water on my contact lenses container is much less while the little crumble is still full. Which means she drank. She is still strong and chirpy, flapping her little wings trying to lift her body. It just breaks my heart, she seems active but she is paralyzed.
post #10 of 14
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Update: Hope is still going strong and gained a few grams of weight today. Her pecking is still hard and what a full mouth she is. She ate, drank (off syringe), hungry, thirsty, playful and pooped well. Her poop looked normal and good. However, her right leg is really showing deformity too. Left leg is completely paralyzed. She cannot even curl her finggers. But yes on right one. So I am thinking about making a chicken walker, similar to a baby walker, since her right leg is basically okay, only slanted.
Here is the prototype.

I just need to buy a little toy car tomorrow to get the little wheels, and I will make a walker.
She did get tired from trying to get up, though, and she did take a 2 hour nap this afternoon without any noise. And after she woke up, she was all loud again.
Right now she is sleeping. She's tired of trying and chirping. I am amazed that she is still in good spirit....she is excited when i am coming near and she immediately calms down when I put her in my chest.

What do you think about the chicken walker design? I need to add a safety feature, that's easy. This donut shaped circle is made out of Fedex box 😂
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