Thanks for any advise!!
Thanks for any advise!!
For me that is the hardest thing to deal with is a twisted leg and a big heart. I hear your pain. Wow, what to suggest? Can you feel the top of the joint on both legs and see if they feel similar or an obvious dislocation... Is the leg completely limp, can the toes curl. I ask stupid questions but it helps understand the situation.
It is a very difficult thing to do but gently massage the top of the leg to see if slowly you can move the leg as if to straighten it, slowly, if there is resistance right away stop doing the rotation.If it rotates, dislocation seems to be the problem. Instant resistance can be a few problems still depending on the age. chicks stand a chance to correct their feet . Could be the cramped hatch. Just try to make sure food and water is available. I am curious and will subscribe to this post to see any results and other peoples opinions.. Chin up and do what you can... Steve(BunkyB)
I'm so sorry. Here is a link to great info that can help you little one. The site gives great how-to with pictures https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry Hope you can help it get straightened out.
I have a chick in a slightly similar situation. He can walk and at times stand up straight. It's legs look completely normal but one turns a little inward when he walks stepping over his other foot causing himself to trip. He hatched yesterday morning at first I thought he needed to gain some strength but he is still doing the same thing this morning. He is able to get to food and water and is pretty active. When hatching he had a difficult time because he pipped the egg in the middle. Maybe he just strained his leg trying to get out? The 8 other chicks all turned out normal so I don't think incubation was the issue. Does anyone have any ideas? Could this be something that will get better in time or is there something I should do to help it get better?
Thank you for your response! I tried creating a splint (from ideas I got from watching videos and searching online) to hold it's legs straight but the poor chick couldn't walk. So I went ahead and wrapped the bottom part of it's legs with band-aids. When wrapping it's legs I wrapped the band-aids outwardly to help turn it's legs a bit and that seems to be helping the chick hold it's leg a little straighter. I also took the advice from a website which I later noticed was the same one posted above, and sort of gave the chick a little physical therapy. I stood him up several times and straightened it's leg, he is able to hold himself up for quite awhile pretty well. The site said this helps to teach him that holding that position help give him better balance. This seems to be helping a great deal I've already caught him running across the brooder a couple of times with an occasional trip but a big improvement from how he was this morning. I will leave the band-aids on and will continue with the mini therapy sessions. By the way, I'm really sorry about your chick.