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Chick with leg problems - Splay leg or not

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I have a chick that I suspected had splay leg, so I treated it like the ones that came before it. and figured it would be over now. The brace was on for about 9 days. The splay leg that I dealt with before was a leg that would not - could not, be held under the body of the chick.  This chick is a little different where it seems she is trying to hold it out, she would sit normal in the early signs of trouble but now it seems she sits and is holding the leg out to the side. So now I don't know what to do.  I know she is hurting, and I don't want to be treating it incorrectly.  Thoughts?

post #2 of 8
Hmm... is your chick vaccinated from Mareks? Is it eating or drinking?
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Well it looked like a healthy chick and was eating and drinking while the brace was on, but the brace eventually fell off. But the leg seems to be more comfortable holding it out.. so I didn't want to put it into more pain. So its off still and I wanted to ask the pros here. There are 20 other chicks in with it and they are crazy healthy chirping eating drinking pooping birds.  This little girl is acting like she is in too much pain.  writing this I think I will put the brace back on. I think it is structural. Oh no vaccinations have been givin.

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You could have a break in the joints or hocks in the leg. You could check the leg, make sure the chick can bend all of the sections of the leg with ease. Or your chick could have progessive paralysis, in which case it could be a number of reasons why this is happening, from weakness in the joints to early stage Mareks. Use your best judgement, and follow your heart of it comes to culling the chick if it is in too much pain and you cannot fix it.
Edited by alyssaallycat - 2/15/16 at 7:41am
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I gently felt down both legs and they feel the same.  I went ahead and tied her legs back together this morning *vet wrap) and I just checked on her.. she looks better.  Only time will tell I guess.  tomorrow I am going to separate her with a friend into a private box and give her some rest.  I hope she recovers. I will keep you posted.

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Originally Posted by jjaazzy View Post
 

Well it looked like a healthy chick and was eating and drinking while the brace was on, but the brace eventually fell off. But the leg seems to be more comfortable holding it out.. so I didn't want to put it into more pain. So its off still and I wanted to ask the pros here. There are 20 other chicks in with it and they are crazy healthy chirping eating drinking pooping birds.  This little girl is acting like she is in too much pain.  writing this I think I will put the brace back on. I think it is structural. Oh no vaccinations have been givin.


It sounds like she may have a slipped tendon or other leg bone deformity. Those usually don't respond to treatment, but splinting, vitamins in the water, and trying different things is always a good idea. Some of these chicks can do alright with their handicap in a small flock with some extra care. Sometimes the jock tendon will rupture as the chick grows. It is not Mareks disease at this age. Do a search at the box top of this page for slipped tendon for more info.

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One of my quail chicks had a similar problem. It turned out that its leg bone had not fully formed. It was euthanized. I hope your chick has a more optimistic prognosis.

Regards,
Leaf
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Thank you all, I like the vitamin in water thought, who couldn't use more vitamins! All chicks were good for awhile. I kept them on paper towels to avoid injury, longer then I ever do trying to give this one a better chance but finally had to upgrade to the wood chips. I will put vitamins in the water tomorrow. Thanks....on it...
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