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Day old chick has a limping issue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jeffross1968, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Originally posted this in "Raising Chicks" but with no response. Maybe it was in the wrong forum? If so, mods, you can delete that thread...

    We hatched out chicks Monday night and Tuesday morning, 3 of them. All seem healthy and are eating and drinking, but has an issue. I've researched what I could, but since we're first timers to this, I'm just not sure what I'm dealing with. One of our chicks is limping. The toes are not curled, and it does not APPEAR to be spraddle foot. If it is, it's just one leg, not both. The chick is walking. It's not that it can't walk, it's that it walks with a limp and does not appear to want to put much pressure on the one foot. I have seen it pushed out to one side, though not when she's walking. More of an issue when she sits, like it just feels better if it's out to the side a little for a time. While walking, her legs appear to be the correct distance apart. Almost as if the foot or joint is really sore, like a sprained ankle on a human.

    I'd like to get some advice from anyone who might have dealt with this, or with spraddle foot to see if maybe that's what this is. I've also ruled out curled toe. They are all uncurled like the others.

    I also think this was the last to get out of the egg, some 6 hours after the other two. Maybe injured it trying to get out? I dunno...any help you could provide would really be appreciated, as I'm guessing if something has to be done, it should be done early to correct the problem....

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