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Broken leg please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wwarren8200, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 6 week old chicks I discovered about 30 min ago has a broken leg. What can I do????
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    So sorry there was a delay in answering your post. I would place her in a small cage or box to rest the leg. Do you see any swelling, redness or bruising of the leg or joints? Is the skin broken? Breaks in the lower leg can heal easier in a couple of weeks, but breaks high up in the thigh bone are harder to heal. Splinting may help. Here is a link or 2 for splinting:
    http://www.starlingtalk.com/fractures.htm
    http://www.lbah.com/word/fractured-bird-leg/
     
  3. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the lower leg bone around the knee. No swelling or redness and the skin is intact. Thanks!
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Vet wrap cut into smaller strips can make very good splinting material. Look for any displacement of bones and try to align them strainght if splinting. Broken bones can take 2-3 weeks to heal, and chicken slings can be used to keep them upright. Here are some pictures of slings:

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  5. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank! Can they reach their food and water?
     
  6. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I wrap the leg properly can I keep the bird in the brooder with the others???
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You may need to see how she does with either a sling or keeping her in the brooder. You don't want her to lose her place in the pecking order, but you also don't want them to attack her. Here are some more chick chair pictures:

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  8. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Very good info
     

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