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chick with broken leg please help me

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by melnozozo, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. melnozozo

    melnozozo Hatching

    Feb 18, 2009
    this is the second time I have raised baby chicks. The first time was really successful. This time though I have run into a problem. One of the baby chicks seems to have a broken leg. I am not sure how it happened. She seems to get around, but with a little difficulty. I am worried because the other chicks seem to want to walk all over her. She is only 3-4 weeks old.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009

  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Broken bones can be easily fixed at this stage. Isolate the injured chick with one buddy and splint the leg with MoleSkin (giant bandaid, cut to size and wrap tight, you may have to use multiple layers). She should heal rather quickly. Make sure the cage is padded with a rough towel or thick shavings so she can keep her footing.
  3. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Are you sure it's broken? Could it just be a splayed leg? How old are the chicks?

    edited to say I see the chicks are 3-4 weeks old. When did the chick start having this problem?
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Hey, is the chicks leg just sticking out to one side but it's still getting around? If so, it sound like spraddle leg to me. You can find pics of how to fix it online by looking up spraddle leg. Usually binding the legs together with a bandaid helps. There is pics of that on how to do that too. I have dealt with it on occasion and it works sometimes and sometimes not. If you work on it in time. Just make sure the bandaid is not too tight and is changed frequently. Good Luck if you think this is the problem.

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