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Cockerel with broken leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by frIZZY, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. frIZZY

    frIZZY New Egg

    So my two week old cockerel appears to have a broken or dislocated leg. He recently started walking with strange shuffle and upon closer inspection I discovered that his left leg will bend in completely the wrong direction at the knee. He puts very little weight on it and only walks around when he has to. the toes on that foot are balled up and the whole leg is limp. Is there anything I can do for him? I am attaching pictures (please forgive the poor quality, he's a little squirmy). I don't know if I could bring myself to put him down, he's one of the nicer cockerels I've had, and an awfully sweet little guy, please help!



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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG]Welcome To BYC

    It could be a slipped tendon or a leg deformity like Valgus Varus. Provide him with some poultry vitamins containing Vitamin B2(Riboflavin) or crush a human B-Complex vitamin and add it to his feed.

    Here's more info about leg issues:
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    Leg bone deformities - Valgus Varus
    https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poul.../noninfectious-skeletal-disorders-in-broilers
    https://www.researchgate.net/public..._of_the_intertarsal_joint_in_broiler_chickens
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1051/leg-health-in-large-broilers/
     

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