Curled toe paralysis?

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  1. 1dog1cat6chicks

    1dog1cat6chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We recently got seven chicks from Meyer Hatchery. They were all doing well, up until yesterday. Our Delaware, Petunia, was suddenly not getting around. All the other chicks are fine. They are two weeks old.
    We noticed that Petunia didn't get up and scamper around; upon closer inspection, she was holding up her right leg, and the toes were curled. To compensate she was trying to use her wing for balance. At times she seems to be resting on her hocks.
    A quick internet search turned up Curled Toe Paralysis as a possible "diagnosis".
    --We separated her from her flock-mates and made sure she has enough heat.
    --She is eating and drinking, though you have to make sure she is near the food and water.
    --We've been giving her some hard-boiled egg last night and this morning after reading they are high in B-2, which perhaps she isn't getting enough of, and this is causing her these problems.
    --She is also having some greenish stool.
    --We also went to Tractor Supply and got some "Durvet" vitamins and have started adding this to the water for ALL the chicks.
    --Occasionally she will also curl the toes on the 'good' leg.

    Is this something she can survive?
    Also, I've read about splinting their feet--should we be doing this?

    We want to give Petunia every chance to live. She's a sweet little thing. Does anyone have further suggestions?
     
  2. KikisGirls

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    1dog1cat6chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there an advantage to "splinting" her foot?
    And is this something they can commonly bounce back from?
     
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  4. Eggcessive

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    In a true riboflavin deficiency, many people see an improvement within days of prompt treatment. If not treated soon, it can be permanent and get worse. What type of feed are you giving them, and is it fresh dated? Chopped liver, lamb, plain yogurt, egg, mushrooms, and other foods have riboflavin. A human B complex tablet can also be used and crushed into feed.
     
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    1dog1cat6chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a small bag of Dumor's organic chick starter...bag said, "Made 4/12/17". No mention of an expiration. Now we have a bag of Nature's Best organic.
    We are giving her hard boiled egg, as well as the Durvet Vitamin/Electrolyte granules in her water.
     
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    Hopefully, she will start to improve soon on the vitamins.
     
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  7. KikisGirls

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    Any improvement yet?
     
  8. 1dog1cat6chicks

    1dog1cat6chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No not really. Today we splinted her foot but she still isn't putting any weight on it.
    Can curled toe paralysis affect only one leg? Her other leg is fine. We are beginning to think it could've been an injury?
    If it is curled toe paralysis, how long do we give it to see if she recovers? What is a normal recovery time?
     
  9. KikisGirls

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    I'm not sure, I've never had a chick with this problem.
     

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