Mar 30, 2019
I just noticed that one of my young chickens has some sort of leg injury or deformity. I have no idea how it happened or how long it's been like that. It doesn't seem to cause her pain, and it seems like she's figured out how to walk on it. What's wrong with her leg, and what can I do to help her?


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It may be a leg bone deformity called valgus deformity. If both legs are affected, it can cause a knock-kneed appearance. There is no cure for varus or valgus defomity. Here is a link that shows several leg bone deformities:
Is it possible for this deformity to form later in life. She's about 5 months old, but I didn't notice it until today. Also, is there something I can do to help her get around better? Maybe wrap her leg to brace it or something?
I was just gonna lightly wrap it with self adhesive bandages and see if that helps. At least she seems to be able to walk on it, but I'll keep my chicken wheelchair plans handy just in case we need it. I was actually in the process if making one for a chick last year, but she died while it was still in the prototype phase. Her leg was crooked too, but much worse and still. I read that there were stretches that could help, but not before the damage had already been done.
Tendons can rupture, especially with an injury or leg bone deformity. If you try the cohesive or vet wrap support, just make sure that it doesn’t become too tight.

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