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  1. flyingchickens

    flyingchickens Hatching

    Apr 7, 2017
    I have a chick who I thought had splayed leg because she would not bear weight and would use her wing if she fell over.

    I tried the bandaid and someone took it off.

    Now I have a new and improved technique with a strawband ponytail holder. But after looking closer the joint on this leg is noticibly larger. She doesn't seem in pain but she sleeps a lot and doesn't really eat. The others trample her but that does get her up and clucking. She's not growing like the others.

    Please help.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Leg bone deformities and slipped tendon are common in baby chicks. If the hock is swollen, slipped tendon may be a problem. These are seldom fixed, but many try splinting the leg and may use chick chairs or a sling to get the chick upright in front of food and water. Below are some links ro read that may help:
  3. miabug333

    miabug333 Hatching

    Apr 7, 2017
    Subscribed. We got 4 day old chicks and one is having the same problem. He also doesn't open his eyes a lot. Just sleeps and sleeps but I make sure he gets some water then he opens and closes his mouth over and over like a nursing chicken and he does this for maybe a couple minutes then goes back to sleep

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