2.5 week old chick, hurt foot??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sadie423, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. sadie423

    sadie423 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just went in to check water and feed before I went to bed and I noticed on of the chicks was lifting its leg up a bunch and then gave up and laid down. I went to get her and she hopped off with the rest but obviously something was wrong. She doesn't seem to be in pain really when I did pick her up and look at her foot/leg. She is holding it out to the side a bit and very straight if she is attempting to put weight on it and when I was holding her. The toes aren't gripping at all either...they just kind of lay there. Comparing the 2 legs I didn't see any noticable differences as far as swelling or anything. Any ideas as to what this might be?? I thought our flock had stabalized....we lost one in transit, 1 the day after who had a rough trip, and one a few days later from who knows what. We still have one that is MUCH smaller than the rest that I posted about last week, who is still sleepy but seems to be holding her own just fine now. I guess I need to go get out the 2nd box to keep her in....If anyone knows anything else I can do.....
    Sarah
     
  2. beekybuzzard

    beekybuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have anything on the bottom of the box to give them some grip? If they slide around too much they can get a slipped tendon. Will wait to hear.
     
  3. sadie423

    sadie423 Out Of The Brooder

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    There is at least 2 in of pine wood shavings in the box. When I cleaned it out a few days ago there was bare box in one side and they did slide on that a little when I was putting more shavings down, but that was on Monday night I think....and I didn't notice anything Tues or Wed day. She stretches it...like when she lays down under the light and stretches both legs out so I assume its not broken, but holds it at a very weird angle out to the side.
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Could be spraddle leg...
    Use a bandaid with the pad between the legs and the gluey part around it's legs.
    That can happen when they don't get a good grip on their surfaces.
     

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