Baby chick with a swollen hip?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sable43140, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. sable43140

    sable43140 In the Brooder

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    Hi all! This is a very strange problem for me, but so far I haven't been able to find any online help for it so I figured I'd ask my fellow chicken lovers. I have a 2 week old lavender orpington (we are 90% sure it's a roo based on wing sexing) that seems to have a very swollen hip. It's whole thigh and hip are twice as big as the other side, and it's making him hobble. At first I just thought he was very well endowed, but it seems to have gotten worse as he's grown. He was a natural hatch under a first time mama, so I'm not sure if that's got anything to do with it or not... he was retrieved within the same day he hatched and didn't look like he had a problem. He's eating and drinking but walking and crouching down to sleep look difficult. He's going to get his toes wrapped soon for their crookedness but what can i do for his leg? Thanks for your help! (see pics, ignore poop) The first picture shows how he has to bend forward to lay down, not crouch on his legs first. FB_IMG_1539477928651.jpg FB_IMG_1539477919803.jpg FB_IMG_1539477928651.jpg FB_IMG_1539477928651.jpg FB_IMG_1539477919803.jpg
     

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  2. silkiemother

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    have you tried a tablespoon of epsom salt in a quart of water or something like that to help bring swelling down?is it dislocated?broken?can you show a picture of both his legs to help us compare size and see how big it is?
     
  3. Eggcessive

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    It is hard to tell, but the chicken could possibly have a dislocated hip. @WVduckchick has a method of trying to fix that. I will see if I can find the post about it. In the meantime, I would try chicken vitamins, and make sure they contain riboflavin (vitamin B2) and that rules out Poultry NutriDrench.
     
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    I should have wrote in my post that he has apple cider vinegar in his water, should I switch to Epsom salts you think? And would he be walking if it was broken or dislocated? I'm not totally certain how to tell if it is either of those. I'll add more pictures in a minute...
     
  5. sable43140

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    I will definitely try that!!!
     
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    what I mean by the epsom salt is soak his leg in it for 15 to 25 minutes to help with swelling and pain,and yes he could walk on a dislocated leg or a broken leg,it would just really really hurt
     
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  9. sable43140

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    This looks like a bruise, lots of fluid under the joint.
     

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  10. silkiemother

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    does it click when you try to move it gently?
     

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