7 day old chick wont stand on one leg

Smallark

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Picked up two one week old chicks the day before yesterday. One is not using his leg and chirping loudly often. What could be wrong?
 

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Wyorp Rock

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Hi @Smallark :frow Welcome To BYC
Does the leg have any swelling at the joints?
In the photo - the side of the chick looks to be wet(?) - is there a discharge from that side of the chick or is she dirty?
With chicks it's very hard to know what's going in when they have leg issues - could be number of things like dislocated hip, slipped tendon, injury or genetic/developmental disorder. If she is chirping constantly and loudly, then she is not comfortable and in pain - is she warm and eating/drinking?
You may find some useful information in the following link https://sites.google.com/a/larsencreek.com/chicken-orthopedics/
 

Smallark

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I do not see any swelling in the bad leg. I believe the chick is just dirty on that side since she falks ocasionally. I rinsed her off but that side is not as fluffy as the other. She is eating and drinking. I have a heating pad and a lamp and she stays in the warmer side. I’m wondering if I should make her leg brace?
 

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Wyorp Rock

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Does she indicate pain when manipulating the leg?
Can she put any weight on it?

It may be dislocated - but it's hard to know. You could try a brace to see if that helps.
 

Smallark

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She doesn't seem to be in pain when I touch the leg. I am taking her to a vet this afternoon. Thank you SO much for your response!
 

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