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chick's right leg not working

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by je, May 5, 2009.

  1. je

    je Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some ameraucana chicks that are 1 week old. They all looked fine yesterday, but today one is unable to use its right leg. The leg is just splayed out behind the chick. The chick can still hop around on its other leg, but I don't know what is wrong and I don't know what I should do.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    splay leg... get out the pipe cleaners or band aids.

    ... or cull.
     
  3. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you post pics? I thought splay leg was from birth and sudden symptoms indicated something like Merek's. I hope someone with more knowledge chimes in soon.
     
  4. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    I would say that the poor thing either broke a leg or is deformed [​IMG]. Last year I had a buff cochin banty and its leg was deformed. The good thing is that I know alot of chickens (not mine, a friends)that live a long happy life.
     
  5. je

    je Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally found good instructions for splinting the leg. We will see if it works.

    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    (Sorry, I can't provide a picture because I have already applied the band aid.)
     
  6. je

    je Out Of The Brooder

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    It is just a leg problem. The chick does not appear sick. They came from John Blehm, who I believe is a very reputable breeder.
     

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