Chick hatched with bowed / pigeon toed / malformed legs. Can I do anything?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, this little one is a buff brahma. The legs curve inward and almost seem to have a twist to them. The chick cannot really walk but shuffles around using it's whole leg like a foot. The few times I have seen the little tyke stand the legs just look wrong. Toes point mostly forward but have an inward tilt. This is the best pic I could get; little one on the left facing the camera. Is there anything I can do for this one? It is only about 24 hours old.

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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency
    could be curly toe paralysis (vit b2 deficiency)
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html

    I'd give the little one a poultry vitamin pack in the water and some scrambled egg.

    An alternative possibility is:
    http://poultrykeeper.com/skeletal-and-muscular-disorders/crooked-toes
    http://poultrykeeper.com/skeletal-and-muscular-disorders/curled-toes
    incubation temperatures

    I don't know what the problem is with your little guy but I hope this helps.

    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     
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  3. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! Spradle leg was the only leg condition I really knew about. There are vitamins in the water, I do that as part of the first five day routine but I will give them so e scrambled egg too!
     
  4. rbaker0345

    rbaker0345 Big Mamma Brahma

    You need to do some physical therapy. Push the chicks leg up against the underside of its body and then stretch it straight out behind the chick, this will make sure the tendon is in the correct spot. Next, twice a day, hold the chick on its back and push the broad side of a pencil against the feet right up under the chicks belly, hopefully the chick will grip the pencil (if not, position the pads of the feet evenly on the pencil as if the chick were going to grip it). After a few days of this, there should be no sign of the original problem
     
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  6. Chick_In_The_Burbs

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    The little one is standing this morning! And she took a few normalish steps! The legs still bow a bit but it is much less! I will try the therapy too but it looks like it may self correct!
     
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  8. ChickensAreSweet

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