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Baby Chick with Deformed Foot- Help!

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

Help!

 

My name is Meg. I am very new to this awesome hobby and I have 9, two week- three week old chicks in a brooder currently.

 

One little girl came to us with a very deformed, twisted foot/leg. Her toes are smashed together and it appears that her leg is bent and it is twisting outwards.

 

She seems to be healthy  eating, drinking, etc) but her mobility is suffering and I want to help her if I can. I've posted a picture of her and was hoping for any input or advice on what to do for her. I would be much appreciated! 

 

post #2 of 5

You many want to add B vitamins to her water.

Hopefully someone more familiar with leg deformities will give an input.

Here's a couple of links for leg problems in chicks.

 

https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry#chick_crooked_leg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/191983/19-day-old-chick-cant-walk-advice-needed

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 


Thank you for the help! I appreciate your response!

post #4 of 5

Could be Perosis or Slipped Tendon?

 

Found this at Poultry Site:

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/220/slipped-tendon-perosis/                    

"458.459.460.Perosis or chondrodystrophy is encountered in young birds whose diet is deficient in manganese (Mn) or some of the following vitamins: choline, nicotic acid, pyridoxine, biotin or folic acid. This is an anatomic deformation of leg bones in young chickens, turkey poults, pheasant poults etc. It is characterized by retarded growth of long bones, widening of the tibiometatarsal joint, twisting or bending of the distal end of tibia and the proximal end of metatarsus and finally, slipping of the gastrocnemius muscle tendon from its condyles. Clinically, it is manifested by impaired locomotion because of leg lateral and posterior malposition of the leg."

 

BYC thread possibly similar to your chick:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1070087/deformed-leg

post #5 of 5

I had the same problem, much worse but the effect is the same. I noticed it in a chick at about two weeks. She could get a long fairly well for a while. At 6-7 weeks, when her body grew, her mobility became worse, to the point that she would drag herself using her wings to eat and drink. The other hens weren't picking on her yet. I didn't know if she was experiencing any pain or discomfort but I imagine so. I placed a small feeder and waterer near her (which the others would immediately swarm) and placed her in a box by herself with food and water.

 

I considered the hen's future, unable to walk, scratch and eventually being singled out for abuse by the others. Today I placed her in a box with food and water and let her satisfy her hunger and thirst, placed her in the grass for her first glimpse of the outside, and euthanized her. Very sad, but God gives farmers bigger hearts and bigger stomachs to do difficult things.

 

Good luck with whatever you do.


Edited by rmurrayslcut - 5/28/16 at 12:43pm
My wife and I started our first flock in May of 2013. It included two of each: Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock. We started our second flock in March of 2015. This time it's all RIR's - best layers, best personalities - I'm a RIR fan for life. We also have a border collie. Farm life is the best!
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My wife and I started our first flock in May of 2013. It included two of each: Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock. We started our second flock in March of 2015. This time it's all RIR's - best layers, best personalities - I'm a RIR fan for life. We also have a border collie. Farm life is the best!
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