Chick with leg injury-lameness / please Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gabbyscritters, May 14, 2009.

  1. gabbyscritters

    gabbyscritters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    fredonia, wi
    My daughters bantam chicks are 12 days old. Yesterday one of her d'uccle chicks was walking around holding one leg up. He/she has been eating and looking perky but holds one leg up, hops around when he needs to get around. When he is standing still he will lower it almost to the ground but usually keeps it slightly out to the side. We checked him out and the leg and foot look ok, no swelling or noticable break. I don't know if he did something stupid or if another chicked pecked him. It has been over 24 hours and still the same. [​IMG]

    We already had one that had a splayed leg (alrerady fixed) and three died, my husband is not too happy with our "quality" chicks we have received. I hope in the end for the money they will be better than the typical large hatchery stock. Thanks much
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Sounds like she may have broken it. I have one that broke hers about a month ago when she was 2 days old. It's up too high for me to splint it...she still holds it up, but runs around and eats and drinks fine. I had her on some pain meds for a couple weeks to help her out, but she doesn't act like it hurts any more. I figured as long as she gets around and acts ok I'll see how it goes. Good luck with yours.
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    you should read the advice of DCTownsend as she really does use these facts

    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

    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.

    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.
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I would give the vit E and Vit B complex in the wet mash for that chick also as this will have something to do with it nervous system

    you will however NEED to take a eye dropper to feed the first Vit's to the chick

    (1 and feed the chicks water with apple cider vinegar
    1 tbsp to pt of water
    Do this till after the chicks is better. Should be able to put the ACV water in a small waterer for the chick

    (2 immediately give the chick 1000 mg capsule of liquid Vit E by cutting the end of the capsule and taking the vit E capsule and let the oil run into the chickens beak

    (3 also need to crush a vit B complex pill in a tbsp and put it into a tsp of water and put it in the chicks beak after it is disolved
    Do both Vit's twice today then for 7 days till you see some improvement in the chick

    then give twice a week for two weeks should see much improvement

    (4 generally the shock of a event like having a bad time coming out of the egg or in the brooder will cause chicks to have this nerve damage

    (5 after today I would see if the chick will eat a fix half of this tonight and see if the chick will eat it i 20-30 minutes

    You will need to be patient and help the chick eat the wet mash and vitamins

    natural probiotic wet mash
    2 tsp of dry crumbles
    4 tsp of milk sweet, sour or buttermilk
    1 tbsp of non flavored yogurt
    mix good and put the
    vit E liquid as directed in the wet mash
    and crumble the Vit B complex tablet in a tabsp and add to the wet mash

    (6 Do this twice a day for 7 days to see if the chicken is better
    then do this once a day for another week then once a week for a while
    this should give the nervous system some stability

    you can email by PM for more information and include this inf so I remember what is happening
  5. gabbyscritters

    gabbyscritters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    fredonia, wi
    The chick was fine until yesterday afternoon, they are 12 days old now. I don't think it is nerve damage because he was fine before.
    I am not sure about achilles tendon as he can lower and straighten the leg just not often and will not put any weight on it.
    I am thinking somehow a break or sprain? The brooder box is getting too small and they are getting very active. I was planning on getting them outside to the coop so they can get in a bigger area this weekend but I am starting on getting ready tonight. I really hate to loose another chick.
  6. Tricia's Triple Z

    Tricia's Triple Z Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 7, 2007
    It sounds like slipped tendon. Chek it out in the Chicken Health Handbook
    I have one like that, is healthy otherwise, just a bit smaller, fast when it comes to treats! I wish that I cold make a sneaker or something to give her traction
  7. furley1229

    furley1229 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    pine grove,ca
    i have baby chick with tendon prob.took to vet and that wasnt much help she used sponge method and messed babys good leg up.can anyone tell me if they know how to fix it??im very attached to mickey,im trying to find a surgeon for him.i live in the foothills in ca,not many vets up here specialize in poultry.does anyone know of a vet???[​IMG]

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