Originally Posted by kekstrom
We discovered her leg issue on Wednesday afternoon. But it was accompanied by extreme fatigue and lethargy/listlessness. So I started her on Corid on Thursday after suspecting it could be coccidiosis. But by Thursday evening her joint looked swollen and red (the pictures of the original post show it). I kept her bandages on all day, and tonight removed them, checked her joint, and it looked mildly pink and ever so slightly swollen. I didn't dare let her walk on it, but extended her leg back again and rewrapped the joint and re-braced it to her other leg. When I put her back into her little "can" she doesn't put weight on it. She just lays there... I know she moves some because I'll find her rotated. But I am kind of happy she is restricted. She does seem perkier... I have been hand feeding her dosed with vitamins, and am continuing the Corid for a full 5-7 days.
It will take about a week of wearing the brace for her to hold her lag back towards her body. Keep an eye on that joint. Proper diagnosis is almost impossible to do without a vet so the method of treatment is undefined. If it is a vitamin B deficiency, you can buy small capsules of liquid vitamin B from a chemist and give her small amounts everyday. If it is a slipped Achilles tendon, excising the leg is a must before the position becomes permanent.
I've narrowed it down to 4 possible health disorders:
*Slipped Achilles Tendon - some of the symptoms are swelling and redness in the hock and holding leg to up and slightly to the side, if this condition is suspected, treat immediately; chick is already running out of time if she has slipped this tendon.
*Vitamin B2 deficiency - many possible symptoms
*Vitamin D3 deficiency - causes soft bones resulting in lameness
*Broken/sprained hock - will need a brace on the hock.
As for her coccidiosis, if she does have this disease she will have blood in her poop.
I hope this helps.