I sure do appreciate this response. I have read the articles you so kindly posted and this one posted below as well.
I got the chick out and did exactly as it said but it did not feel like a tendon out of place. There was nothing to move from the side. It seems to be a hard ball at the bend of the leg. I pushed the leg back further than usual and straightened the leg then I applied firm pressure from each side but afraid any more would snap his little leg.
I am freaking out as he is definitely having the foot turn outward and limping.
This makes me so sad. He just started doing it yesterday so you would think I could snap the tendon back if that were the problem. Or maybe he has had it for a long while and just showed symptoms yesterday? The backs of each legs feel the same. It does not have a flat spot as this explained. It may be infection but feels like a round ball of bone at that joint area.
They were hatched in incubator with rubber lining and have always been on thick cotton blankets changed daily to prevent splayed leg.
My avian vet won't see me until Thursday so I am going to call Monday morning and just beg to fit me in. He doesn't cry or peep a lot so I just feel helpless.
I missed the feed store so will get suggested vitamins electrolytes tomorrow started. Meanwhile he is in with two siblings and they are nice to him.. He is eating and drinking very well.