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Chick with leg problems

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sabine Ruesga, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Sabine Ruesga

    Sabine Ruesga Hatching

    Jan 2, 2013
    I'm a first time chick owner and learning by trial and error (mostly both). We were lead to believe you could leave a chick in the coop after it hatches and it would be accepted by the flock. Oh, how wrong our source was. Now I have a 21 day old chick cross between a Silky and Brahma that within hours of being hatched another hen got ahold of. I got the chick away from her and separated it and the Silky that is the broody hen. The chicks right leg is bent out at the "knee joint" and to add more problems so is the whole hip joint. (sorry don't know the chicken terminology for their parts yet). The little leg is bent at a 45 degree angle outward. I've tried splinting both around the "thigh" area and the lower leg area with no success and lots of stress for the chick. Also now the left leg is going out to the side possibly to accomodate for the lack of support from the right leg. The chick is eating and gaining weight but now my broddy hen is showing signs of rejecting it (not letting it nest). Any ideas, advice or wisdome would be appreciated. I as second guessing myself about the future of this chick and need some constructive feedback if anyone can help.

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    I'm not sure from your description if the leg is broken, in which case you should splint it. It is possible to correct leg and foot problems, like splayed legs and skew toes when the chick is very young. I don't know how successful it would be on a 3 week old chick, but it's worth a try. Have a read through here:


    If that fails you may have what we call a "special needs chicken" that you will have to raise and look after and help with certain things. It can be rewarding, but it's a big commitment! Try the orthopaedics and fingers crossed it will help.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013

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