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Chick with deformed leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by misty7850, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. misty7850

    misty7850 Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Fort Covington, NY
    My barred rock, chick was born 2 weeks ago Friday. We noticed on hatch that the toes curled under, then the next day we noticed its whole left leg is deformed. It turns out from the hip, It can be put back in place, but pops right back out. But even with the hip in place, the leg from the knee down still goes out to the side.
    We didn't think the poor thing would make it. but it seems to be striving. We had 2 black australorps hatch the next day, and Gimpy (hubby named it). is the one in charge.
    We had a power outage during incubation time. I believe that may have caused it. We only had 3 of 12 eggs hatch.
    The first picture, it looks like the one leg wants to walk the other way.

    Here are all 3 of my baby chicks


  2. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    Any other symptoms? It could just be congenital, there are a few very rare diseases that could cause something like this. Possibilities: white muscle disease, exotic newcastle, arizonosis. In most of these it's degenerative. Does it seem like the leg is paralyzed? Ha, apparently there's a disease that causes backward somersaulting. Sorry, that's not helpful...umm, I don't really know what you should do! I don' think it's a disease really, you might try a splint to keep it in place. If he can get to food, water, etc, then you can give him/her as nice a life as you can. If he can't really move, I would cull.
  3. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    HA! Found it! Birds don't usually die from it, it's not curable, we don't know what causes it, it's not contagious. It's usually in heavy breed cockerels. Possibly caused by being raised on wire.
  4. misty7850

    misty7850 Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Fort Covington, NY
    No other symptoms, gets around fine (except when the leg that trys to walk backwards wins & it falls over) that doesn't happen too often though.. the leg isn't paralyzed, moves it aound and puts pressure on it, but not all the time.. (Can kick me with it just fine).
    Doesn't act like its painful.
    hatched out on 1/4 hardware cloth, but not raised on wire. Brooder has shavings.

    Where can I find information on splinting ?
    Although don't know if it would help, because even with hip in place that leg still goes out to the left from the knee..
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    People splint feet with Moleskin, Bandaids, regular tape, Q tips, and lord knows what else. You should find plenty of info here. But I have not read a thread that talked of treating a broken/dislocated hip successfully,

    And you will also find people like me,who would cull.
  6. misty7850

    misty7850 Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Fort Covington, NY
    Thanks for all the helpful information.
  7. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Slipped tendon and possibly dislocated hip. Slipped tendon is not reversable, dislocated hips will quickly turn to broken hips if left unchecked. I woukd put it down. If the hip breaks they're in a looot of pain.

  8. misty7850

    misty7850 Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Fort Covington, NY
    Thanks, It is hard to do, but I don't want the chick to suffer. Although right now, doesn't seem to be in pain. I don't see a future with any quality.
  9. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    Read this and help the chicken to walk

    Orthopedics for Poultry Made Easy for Beginners
    "D. C. Townsend" <[email protected]>

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    D C T
    By D.C. Townsend

    These treatments have been tested and proven effective. I developed them for peafowl but they
    may be used for any poultry. The key to success is to begin treatment promptly. In some cases delay
    will kill or cripple the chick.

    Sometimes a peachick hatches with toes rolled into a fist. They may straighten out on their own
    in the first day of life. If they do not do so, I make a CHICK SHOE (see illustration below) from
    black pipe cleaner available in the crafts department at Wal-Mart. I use black ones because
    bright colors are more likely to be pecked by other peachicks. One packet of Westrim Crafts Chenille
    stems costs 89 cents and will last for years. Any kind of half inch wide tape can be used to attach the CHICK SHOE to the toes, but I prefer Johnson and Johnson First Aid clear tape. I cut a piece a quarter inch long for the middle toe. I cut another piece the same length and split into two quarter inch-wide pieces for the other toes. Eight hours of treatment is usually enough time to end the problem on a day-old peachick.

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    In the 1995 hatch, I had a number of peachicks with a kink in the outer toe of one or both feet.
    They were well past a week old when I decided that I must do something about it. I made HALF SHOES of black pipe cleaner. I tore off a quarter inch-wide stripe of duck tape several inches long and secured
    the HALF SHOE to the middle and the outer toe. Several days of treatment were needed. Some of the
    HALF SHOES came off and had to be taped on again, but all treated peachicks had straight toes at the
    end of the treatment. There is a young peacock that I missed treating. Now it is too late and he will
    always have a kink in his outer toe.

    This problem can occur even if you take the precaution of having quarter inch hardware cloth
    under your peachicks. Sometimes it is caused by the struggles of a chick with its toes rolled into
    fists. In that case, both problems must be treated at the same time. I cut a piece of tape four or
    five inches long and from the HOBBLE BRACE with the legs far enough apart so that the peachick can walk. The tape must go the whole way around and cover its sticky side so that it does not stick to the
    peachick's fuzz when it sits down. Usually 24 hours of treatment is sufficient, but sometimes more is
    required. CHICK SHOES and the HOBBLE BRACE can be used at the same time.

    When the Achilles tendon slips out of the groove on the hock joint, a peachick will not be able to
    straighten its leg. The problem needs prompt attention because the struggling peachick will put
    its weight on the hock joint which will damage the skin and cause swelling in the joint. The tendon
    can be pushed back in place with just one finger or a very gentle squeeze between the thumb and index
    finger. Sometimes just one treatment will give a complete cure that seems like a miracle. Other
    times several treatments are needed. Stubborn cases require advanced treatment that is too difficult to
    explain here. I treated both legs of a peachick for two weeks; She grew up to be a healthy peahen.

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    BOX 11. Kite, GA. 31049-0011

    This article was originally published in the May/June issue of the Peacock Journal. All rights
    reserved. Used with permission.
  10. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I am SO sorry!!! [​IMG]

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