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Chick with injured leg- need advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by countrygirl345, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday, I received a box of chicks from cackle hatchery, and when I opened it, one of the chicks had her foot caught under the heating pad/block in the middle of the box. When I took it off and set her down in the brooder, the leg was completely straight and splayed to the side. After half the day had gone by, she was able to hobble along with her toes bent under her foot. Today she is doing the same thing but a little bit more skillfully. So my question is, should I attempt to splint the leg? Is it broken, strained, or was the chick born like that in the first place? It doesn't seem to cause her pain when she walks, and she doesn't react when I stretch out her toes to the right position, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Thanks for any advice/experiences you might have. Here is a picture:
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  2. sarahandjay

    sarahandjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is young enough were I think if you boot the foot she should be able to heal it back.
     
  3. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How would I boot the foot? Last night I tried to splint it with a paperclip and band-aid, but that only seemed to cause discomfort and distress.
     
  4. sarahandjay

    sarahandjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get a small piece of cardboard set the foot flat on it and straighten the toes. Tape it in place. Not to tight with the tape as you dont want to cut of circulation. Leave it be for a few days.
     
  5. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks for the helpful advice!
     

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