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3 week old chick - spraddle leg? Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Eggcitedpeeper, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Eggcitedpeeper

    Eggcitedpeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 3 week old Polish chick, got her from a backyard breeder. When we first got her, she got what we thought was spraddle leg but none of the splints we made worked (we only tried the bandaid thing...) we gave up, because she could still get around, she could stand on her legs they just stuck out a little. Kind of like she was bow legged... But it has gotten much worse and I'm afraid she might not make it much longer :( the others are picking on her so I separated her from the rest. Her left leg is ok, but her right leg sticks straight out to the side and it's starting to rub her hock raw, since she has to crawl around everywhere! I feel sooo bad for this poor chick... shes sitting on my lap right now and I have vetrap wrapped around her legs now, and I have her standing on her legs. Is there anything else I would do? A couple of chicks I've had in the past have done this but it was a deformity from incubation. I'm thinking that might be what's wrong with this chick... Please help! I really don't want to cull her, but I also don't want her to be suffering... [​IMG]

    All suggestions are appreciated!!
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Unfortunately this needed to be corrected when she was a few days old. Tendons and ligaments have already set in place. I'm so sorry. Some people have been able to keep chickens this way in a cage by its self. Hopefully with your tender loving care she will make it!
     
  3. Eggcitedpeeper

    Eggcitedpeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I thought :( i know that when they're only a couple days old, their bones are a little more flexible. I sure hope she'll make it... :(
     
  4. Eggcitedpeeper

    Eggcitedpeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been reading up on vitamins. Could it possibly be a vitamin difficiency? Could I give her some of that Poly Vi Sol?
     
  5. Eggcitedpeeper

    Eggcitedpeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone? [​IMG]
    Im leaning more toward maybe it was a broken leg and it healed the wrong way?
    I'm not quite sure what to do anymore... I've tried everything. She seems to be a happy chick, I mean she can wobble around and she eats and goes to the bathroom and stuff. She's pretty healthy besides the leg thing but I don't want her to be like this her whole life...
     
  6. 5Leepy!

    5Leepy! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look at my page and follow the link for Poultry Podiatry. It has a lot of good information. I'm with you, it's hard to give up on a chick who you try so hard to help but keep in mind that the more you try the more attached you will become to her. Are you prepared to keep a handicapped chicken separate from the rest in case she doesn't heal? Heart wrenching decision, I know.
     

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