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Chick has foot/leg problem. Please help!

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Is this just curled toes or is it something more?

 

This little chicky hatched out in my incubator early this morning. It was a bit slow coming on day 25. I can tell it has the curled toes, but I'm not certain there isn't something else going on. I made it some little boots but they didn't seem to help. 

 

The right foot is still very curled, the left straightened out after a couple hours with the boot on. However, even with the boots on it was still "walking" on its hock joint. In doing this, it hasn't gotten the balance thing down and keeps falling backwards and is having trouble getting back up. It doesn't seem to have splayed legs like the pictures I've seen either. I gently tried to help it stand properly and it's almost like the joints aren't bending properly. 

 

 

It's already getting red marks from the way it hobbles around. So I'm hoping there's something I can do for this little one. It also had a bit of bloody tissue around the navel, but that seems to be drying up just fine.

 

Let me know if more pictures in different positions are needed. I'd rather not cull this one if I don't have to since it's doing pretty fabulous aside from this.

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After working some more with it, the right leg is what is the problem. When flexing it, it wont extend out the same way the left will. I tried feeling around for a slipped tendon but couldn't feel anything.

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