4 week old rooster with crooked leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hoosierfarmgirl, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. hoosierfarmgirl

    hoosierfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I only noticed this today, so I don't think my chick has had this problem for long. I noticed him walking strangely with his leg turned somewhat outward. When I picked him up, I noticed that the joint on the affected leg seems larger. Maybe this has been gradually developing. He's able to walk around, apparently pain-free from what I can tell. He's only going to be with me for another couple of weeks before he goes to live on another farm. I'm only keeping hens. Does anyone think he'll be okay or is this something that could be from disease that will affect my other chickens? Any input appreciated.
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  2. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is it's leg broken? WOW! I've not seen anything like that in a chick that age! Hoepfully someone else would know.
     
  3. hoosierfarmgirl

    hoosierfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think it's broken...he let's me handle him without much peeping, but he seems to be losing more mobility as the night goes on. I think he may be getting worse. I don't know what might have happened.
     
  4. chrisf

    chrisf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen this on some of my chicks if they receive too much protein in their chick feed. I was feeding pheasant chicks a 26% protein chick food and the chicken chicks were developing the same leg condition that were brooding with them. Unfortunately, they never recovered. I looked this up on the internet and came up with some kind of slipped tendon condition due to too much protein.......
     
  5. hoosierfarmgirl

    hoosierfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks--I'll check the bag. It's the same feed I've been using the 4 weeks, but I'm about to start a new bag. I'll check what it has in it. I do sometimes give them cottage cheese, but no other protein source, except the worms they may find now.
     

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