Chicks leg backwards

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Abby125, May 23, 2018.

  1. Abby125

    Abby125 Chirping

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    Can someone please help, this chick hatched yesterday and it’s leg is backwards I don’t know how to cast it because it’s position is so odd, it can’t walk so I can’t put it with the others it’s so so sweet I want it to live and have a amazing life C09E1BE2-117D-49D2-8E68-BBECAC127013.jpeg E4C8997A-5773-4FBF-8DB7-83B78F057647.jpeg
     

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  2. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing 5 Years

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    Can you post a pic that shows the 'knee' joint please? Preferably from the back.
     
  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Crowing

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  4. Abby125

    Abby125 Chirping

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    Yeah here’s one C34B8E30-70EA-434A-9F7E-EE820D43C094.jpeg
     
  5. jazzyb

    jazzyb In the Brooder

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    Looks like splay leg. One of my chicks had it and I put a brace on in. Left it on for a week or so. She healed up and is perfect now. Here is a pic of the braced I made. Put it on ASAP while the chick is still tiny. Good luck. 0506180858b.jpg
     
  6. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing 5 Years

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    @WVduckchick, is your technique for dealing with slipped tendons applicable here?
     
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  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    Do the legs shoot out to the sides and the chick tries to scoot on its belly or is the leg actually twisted around? Does it fold (or try to fold) its leg at the hock joint?
     
  8. Abby125

    Abby125 Chirping

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    It’s just that right leg it’s foot goes to the left
     
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    I have to sign off, leaving work. But if you think the tendon might be slipped, or a hip joint issue, this may help:

    Here's what I would try if it were mine. Hold your left hand out, palm up, fingers toward the right, in front of your chest. Lay the chick's belly in your left hand, feet pointing back toward your body, overhanging your pinky finger/palm. Grasp the feet and legs between your right thumb and forefinger. Slowly lower your left hand (kinda bowling ball or lawn-dart starting motion) and let the bird dangle for just a few seconds. Twist your wrist outward, and the bird's reaction should be to lift its head/chest/body upward toward your hand. (keep your hand under, but not touching, and don't drop her! lol) When it does, you can re-grab the body. This will sometimes "reset" a slipped hip or knee joint. It won't hurt the bird, and I would think its worth a try.
     
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