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chick with leg problem UPDATED

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CovenantCreek, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    One of my chicks can't seem to move one of its legs below the thigh. When it moves, it lands on the hock with the foot pretty much sticking up. It just hatched this morning, so I'm leaving it in the incubator for now and trying to move the other chicks out as soon as they're dry and able to hold their own in the brooder to reduce the times he gets stepped on and/or pecked at. This is my first hatch, so I have no clue what to do besides hope that he gains enough strength to stay out of the way of the more vigorous chicks.

    UPDATE:
    Things have gotten worse for the little guy. I had to put him in the brooder without any protection for an hour or so and all the moving around caused open wounds to develop on both hocks, though the one on his bad leg is by far the worst. I've got him back in the brooder, this time in a small bowl, inside a larger bowl that the others won't be climbing over. I've tried to give him some water with a medicine dropper. He drank a little but not much. Getting him to eat may be harder, but at least he's still living on his yolk. We'll see how he's doing in the morning.
    UPDATE 12/20:
    While I was online last night posting the previous update, he died.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2007
  2. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    give it time and see what happens. i dont know what to say but i do hope it works itself out.
     
  3. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    Just give it time, when you move it to the brooder make sure it eats and drinks should straighten up on its own :O)
    Denna
     
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Quote:That sounds promising. He was eating a little bit when I had him in the brooder, he just wasn't able to get out of the way of the others and got trampled and pecked at a lot. [​IMG]
     
  5. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    One thing that has worked for me in the past is to put a folded up papertowel in a glass and place the chick in the glass for several hours at night or during the day it will force him to get his leg "up under him" main thing though is make sure he eats and drinks [​IMG]
     

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