13 day old chick with broken leg HELP!!!!!! please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jns_binford, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. jns_binford

    jns_binford In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2008
    One of my RIR pullets has some how broken her leg at the knee joint and there is a small amount of bone sticking out of the bend of her knee. What can I do to help her?
  2. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    I can't even imagine what you would do????

    Maybe try popcycle sticks and wrap with guaze???? Gosh, I sure hope someone with a some experience comes along!! Please keep us posted on how it is doing!

    Sorry I can't offer more than moral support [​IMG]
  3. Carlascritters

    Carlascritters Hatching

    Mar 1, 2008
    Get a large bendable straw and slit it up the side. Fit the straw over the leg with the bendable part over the knee and tape it on with vet wrap or something that will let the leg breathe. Don't let the edges of the straw dig into it's leg. Hopefully you can find a straw big enough. This has worked for me on various small animals. You may want to put an antibacterial ointment on the open sore area. My animal casts usually stay of for about two weeks before I remove them,
  4. Crazy4GameCocks

    Crazy4GameCocks Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    just take 2 smalls tooth picks and place in both side of the leg the tape it with bandge tape its white and let it mend on it own leave it like that for a least a week and try to keep it from moving so much like in a tank so borrer
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    With the bone protruding through the skin, I'm afraid you're going to need vet assistance to replace it or you'll have to put her down to end the suffering. I also hope someone comes along with more experience, but this does not seem good at all. I'm sorry. [​IMG]

  6. I agree with the bone protruding, not good at all. IF you want to save this chick you gotta contact a vet or put it done. Does it seem like it is suffering? Sorry.
  7. jns_binford

    jns_binford In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2008
    It is hard to say if it is suffering. It is not peeping anymore than the other chicks I have. it is eating and drinking it just has to hobble around on one leg and use its wings for balance.

    Thanks everyone for the fast and great replies.
  8. janjan1

    janjan1 Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Armuchee, GA
    My three week old chick was stepped on by my horse at a few days old. Broke the right leg and left foot. It's right leg had a compound fracture ( bone sticking thru the skin). It broke right at the hock making the lower leg unmanageable. I took the chick into our home to care for it since it's mother didn't. I wrapped the joint with a small piece of vet wrap. It sticks to it's self, not the skin, to stabilize the break. It hopped around on the one leg. Was doing very well. So much so, that I removed the vet wrap and he was able to walk and scratch. Then a few days later it rebroke the leg flying out & landing on that injured leg. So now I'm starting all over again. BUT the chick is eating, drinking and doing all the normal things. I've kept it warm and well fed. It's like a member of the family now.
  9. fourfeathers

    fourfeathers Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    I agree that if the bone is protruding, you need to get her to the vet asap. If it (bone) is exposed too long, you can get alot of infection. I don't know if it can be closed at this point and sutured due to it being open for more than 24 hrs. But, ask your vet. I recently had a chick that I rescued from the farm store with a fractured leg and infection at the joint. The bone had deteriorated and I did have the leg amputated. The chick is doing quite well, but needs to be kept on a blanket in a cage and with only one mild mannered friend for a long while. She/he will also need to be kept in a protected area when she goes outside, I have an aviary and only let them range when I am nearby so decided to try to keep her going. Good luck.

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