Chick with hurt foot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PoultryGirly, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I have a chick that was hatched yesterday around 1 p.m. When he came out of his shell, he accidentally fell out of the egg carton and I don't know if that was when he hurt himself. At first I thought he was just walking like a newborn chick but now it's time for him to walk normally and he still limps. I thought he had spraddle legs, but I noticed his legs aren't splayed. He picks one foot up when he walks so I concluded that he has bruised or sprained his leg or knee? I put the band-aid splint on him when I thought he had spraddle legs. The splint is still on him. Does anyone have an idea about this? Thanks for any and all advice!
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    It sounds a little like slipped tendon. Do a video search for slipped tendon, perosis disease or "limping chick" Tell us if he or she recovers.
     
  3. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think he may have it :( I'm so sad.
     
  4. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you think he has a slipped tendon, he will need it put back in place ASAP. There are instructions on the Poultry Podiatry page in my sig if they are helpful.
    Best wishes! It's very had to watch a little one have troubles. [​IMG]
     
  5. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try to place his tendon back in place tonight when I have help. Thanks!
     
  6. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your chick doing?
     
  7. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for asking! He/she is still with us. The tendon is still slipped, but the chick can get around. He is still almost the same size as when he first hatched, though, and I don't know why. I've read that chicks with leg problems don't get as much food/water as the others, so they're smaller, but wouldn't that make them skinner instead of stunted in growth?
     
  8. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for updating us on how he's been doing.
    I'm not sure?? I think getting less nutrients would make them grow smaller, too.
    I know one I had that had leg problems grew slower than her brother when she was a chick. I think it was partly because stress of dealing with her leg problems & treatments burned up a lot of her food & energies.
     
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