baby chick with a bad leg

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by leeboyz337, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. leeboyz337

    leeboyz337 Out Of The Brooder

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    i had a chick hatch out and it has a leg that doesnt work and i cant get around. i feel bad for the little thing. what should i do? can it maybe survive?
     
  2. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well depending on what happened to it's leg it could survive. If it's just broken or injured it's possible you could fix it. I've heard of people taking a straw, like a drinking straw, and slitting it up the side with a razor, and then placing it around the broken chicken leg to make some sort of a cast. Add a piece of tape or a band aid to keep it on the chicks leg and pray for the best.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If one leg is pointing off to the side, you can straighten it then "hobble" it with something like a Bandaid. This is a pretty effective treatment if you catch it early, from what I've read here (I've never run into this myself.) Do a search here on "splayed leg" for lots of info.
     
  4. cuntryuppiechick

    cuntryuppiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A good Google search term is also "chicken or poultry orthopedics". I personally like using removable medical tape. It seems to cause the little ones the least difficulty getting around.
     

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