Chick hatched with leg wound, gimpy?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lmlamp3, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. lmlamp3

    lmlamp3 New Egg

    Apr 2, 2017
    This chick took a long time to hatch relative to the rest of the clutch, several hours, and it came out leg first. Just the leg was poking out and kicking for hours. When it was finished I noticed blood on the eggshell near where the right leg had been sticking out. It also had what looked like a "wet spot" near the leg-abdomen joint.

    What looked like a "wet spot" never went away and seems to be a wound. The chick is gimpy and can't use the leg well.




    Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can provide.
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    It could be an injury/cut from the egg shell. The chick looks like she may have a bit of splayed leg, it's hard to tell.

    For the wound you can try soaking it in a warm espom salts bath, dry well, then apply some triple antibiotic ointment or vetericyn. Hopefully given some time it will heal.
    Watch to see that she is drinking and eating well. You can give some poultry vitamins that contain B2 (riboflavin) as well (all the chicks and hen can have it if need be). If she is struggling to get about and can't get to food/water you may need to separate her to give her direct attention, but it would be best if she can improve and stay with the others.

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