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chick walking on knees -4 days old

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kathleengp, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. kathleengp

    kathleengp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 4 day old silkies is not standing up. She gets around ok and eats and drinks, but she crawls around everywhere on her knees, never stands up straight. Should I splint her little legs?

    Here she is with another one for comparison....

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    Thanks!!
     
  2. Suechick

    Suechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, so sad. I'll say a prayer for you and hope you get some good advice. [​IMG]
    Someone here should know what to do
     
  3. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. australorpchick

    australorpchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chick to do this. Give it poly-vi-sol the liquid baby vitamins (MAKE SURE IT IS NOT THE ONE WITH IRON!). Put a few drops in the water and make sure it drinks it and put some in it's food. I gave mine a drop directly to his beak (but mine was 3 weeks, so be careful not to overdose). Mine was walking normal in 3 days. Good luck!
     
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  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    my guess is slipped tendon(s). I had one that was exactly like this; I took it to the vet (it was 3 days old), who is an avian specialist, and she indicated my chick had slipped tendons in both legs, and that it's virtually uncorrectable. I put the little one down. Sigh... I HOPE that is not the issue with yours! [​IMG]
     
  6. kathleengp

    kathleengp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear....I hope we don't have to put her down - she is so sweet. We will try the baby vitamins for some time and see if we can get any improvement.

    Thanks so much for all the info!!
     
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try the Poly Vi Sol also. This is usually a vitamin B issue unless it is slipped tendons. Give one drop by mouth in the morning and one at night and see how it goes.
     
  8. kathleengp

    kathleengp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wanted to update you guys - she is doing so much better!!! We got her the vitamins right away and she started improving a bit the very next morning. She has gotten better by the hour and now stands straight up as of this afternoon and just walks with a bit of a limp.

    I never - in a million years- would have thought to try baby vitamins...I just thank you guys so much!!

    Here she is just now (with her personal 5-pound guard dog - lol):
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  9. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A happy ending I'm so happy. Problems with legs is usually due to a vitamin B deficiency. You might have old food or this little on just needed more vitamins. Consider adding some vitamins to their water or dose each chick for a few days so they don't develop problems also.

    Happy ending!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Happy ending indeed! Thanks for the update and photos.
     

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