5 week old chicken "knee" injury--please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IvyMaeWilliams, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. IvyMaeWilliams

    IvyMaeWilliams Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. When I woke up this morning, I noticed that one of my 5 or 6 week old chicks is having trouble walking, and the trouble originates at the "knee," if that's what that joint is called in chickens. She does put weight on it, but the joint doesn't seem to work right and makes her feet slide apart. The joint seems swollen and tender. I've separated her from the others into a small pet carrier since the others keep jumping on each other, but the separation seems to be upsetting them all. What can I do? If it would help, I'd like to try wrapping it, but I don't know how. Also, is there anything I can give her for pain?
    Thanks.
     
  2. chickenzoo

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    You can try hobbles like they do for straddle leg to keep the legs from slipping apart and worsening the injury. Give a little vitamin e gel cap, just a drop twice a day in the mouth and some vitamins in the water. Might give the chick a buddy for moral support... Hehe.
    What are you feeding them.....?
     
  3. IvyMaeWilliams

    IvyMaeWilliams Out Of The Brooder

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    They're all getting chick starter/grower, plus some greens sometimes. The joint (I guess it's called a hock) is pretty swollen now and the foot seems to rotate almost backward when she puts weight on it. I tried wrapping it with medical tape but couldn't seem to stabilize it well enough. On the plus side, she is eating and seems bright-eyed. Any thoughts?
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    With out seeing it, it is hard to say.... but you can try to stabalize it with a pipe cleaner bent to the shade you need on each side of the hock. Did you try to strap it like they do for spraddle leg, on both legs?
     
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