Chic appears to have weak joints

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by firemantom, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. firemantom

    firemantom Just Hatched

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    We bought 8 pullets, that are now about 9 weeks old. The largest of the chicks seems to be having trouble walking do to weakness in her joints. She is quite a bit larger than the others, more mature comb, and we are even questioning if she is a hen or roster. She is eating well but it appears that her big legs have weak joints. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    :welcome Do you know what breed they are?
     
  3. firemantom

    firemantom Just Hatched

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  4. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    Ok so then she should be a hen (isa brown roosters would be white, hens red/brown).

    Adding some calcium and vitamin D3 to the diet may help, it sounds like she is growing too fast though for her bones. Try giving a feed with lower protein levels to slow her growth rate a bit.

    Here's a link to TONS of information on leg/foot problems in poultry if you want to do a little more reading into this
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     
  5. firemantom

    firemantom Just Hatched

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    Thanks!
     

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