Baby chick foot problem

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by slipperyrock, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. slipperyrock

    slipperyrock New Egg

    Oct 9, 2015
    I'll try this again. Got some barred rocks in the mail. One can't stand. It looks like the joint at the base of her toes is swollen. It is also a darker color than the others feet. Any thoughts is it spradle leg or a combina ton of problems?[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Do the legs splay out when you place her on her feet? It doesn't really look like spraddle, but its hard to tell since you're holding her to take pics.

    Maybe a slipped tendon? If that's the case, feel along the groove on her leg. If its a slipped tendon, you should feel the tendon out of place, it'll feel like a piece of stiff string. It should sit in the groove on the leg. If you can find it, rub up and down the tendon and try to move it to its proper position. If you can get it where its suppose to be, wrap the leg with gauze or vet wrap and hope the tendon stays in place. You'll want to unwrap and check it often to make sure the tendon hasn't popped back out.

    If that doesn't pan out, maybe try soaking the foot in Epsom salts, it might help with the swelling and provide some relief.

    Good luck!

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