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2 day old chick with leg problem

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wolfandfinch, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. wolfandfinch

    wolfandfinch Songster

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    My new chicks were born late lat week/on the weekend. One of the four is having a leg problem. At first I thought it was spraddle leg which surprised me as they have paper towel over pine pellets. Now I think one leg is just sure but I can't see a wound or anything. One leg is perpendicular to the body the other it's holding out to the side.

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  2. wolfandfinch

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    I have tape so I can pull the legs together a bit but I don't want to do it if it's not spraddle.
     
  3. wolfandfinch

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    It had a pasty butt too. Is it possible those two are symptoms of a larger problem? They're on medicated starter.
     
  4. Spraddle leg or splayed leg is a birth defect resulting from incubation stress.

    http://www.worldpoultry.net/Breeders/Incubation/2011/8/Incubation-distress-easily-leads-to-splayed-legs-WP009251W/

    White bacillary diarrhea, Pullorum disease, aka chicken salmonella/typhoid, and pasty butt are 5 different names for the same incurable egg born disease.

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/131/salmonella-pullorum-pullorum-disease-bacillary-white-diarrhea

    http://inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/pullorum-disease/fact-sheet/eng/1344181819473/1344194671356

    From the above link:
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    The clinical signs of pullorum disease and fowl typhoid are very similar. Pullorum disease is generally a disease of young chicks and poults, while fowl typhoid is more predominant in growing and adult birds.
    • anorexia;
    • depression;
    • diarrhea;
    • dying or death (highest mortality rate in the first 2 weeks of life and in incubators); and
    • laboured breathing.
    In growing and mature birds:
    • anorexia;
    • decreased egg production;
    • depression;
    • diarrhea;
    • high fever;
    • increased mortality (usually higher in chickens than turkeys); and
    • poor hatchability.

    Where are pullorum disease and fowl typhoid found?

    Canada has been considered free of pullorum disease and fowl typhoid since 1982. There have been isolated occurrences limited to small backyard flocks in Vancouver, B.C."
     
  5. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing

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    I had one with a bad leg it curled under, in 2 weeks she cured her self.
     

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