Earlier today we picked up baby chicks at a small farm. We are completely new to this; no past experience what so ever. When we arrived home and set up the brooder for the chicks, we noticed one hobbling around oddly. We looked up what this could possibly be, and decided that it was possibly a broken leg.
Instructions told us to splint the leg, separate it from the rest, etc. But some others told us not to splint the leg, and to keep them close to the rest.
So here are our questions:
-Should we splint the leg?
-Should we add another chick with the injured one to keep company?
-How do we know if the leg is broken?
Here is some more info on the injured chick:
-When the chick sits down, she sits down at an angle.
-When she walks, she kind of has her leg sticking outward. (Not very far, just kind of crooked.)
-The chick limps on the leg, trying to avoid stepping on it.
She has a hard time walking to get to food and water, so we decided to move it closer to the heat lamp to make sure she can reach it.
Thanks for any support, I hope the details above help!
New chicken owners.
Note: I accidentally posted this under the wrong forum category before, sorry!