day old chick with purple swollen leg/foot - lethargic - not eating/drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redvespa90, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. redvespa90

    redvespa90 Out Of The Brooder

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    This little RIR chick was all alone suffering in the bin at TSC so I scooped it up and brought it home. It appears that its foot/leg is broken or very malformed. The other foot doesn't appear to be usable either.

    Most important question - Is there hope for this little guy? What can I do to help him eat/drink? Is there anything I can do for him?[​IMG]
    The hurt foot is always pulled back into that position.
     
  2. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like the circulation is compromised. Is the leg warm or cold? I think the little thing must be in serious pain. I guess if you think the leg is salvagable, you can try to splint it. Otherwise, I would cull. Sorry.
     
  3. redvespa90

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    The leg is warm. I tried to gently manipulate it, and the chick can pull it back.
     
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried to just do a gentle massage to encourage circulation? I'd try it maybe 10 times a day for a few days and see what transpires. Just a thought...
     
  5. redvespa90

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    Is it for sure a circulation issue, and not a broken leg? at the knee joint is goes appear to be crushed - could that be the culprit?


    Also - what do I do to get him to eat/drink?
     
  6. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, a warm leg is a good sign, meaing the blood vessels are intact. I would offer the chick some scrambled eggs, maybe watery ones, to get some fluid in. Or some chick starter made into a mash. Maybe some vitamins in her water. I guess you could try to splint the hock/elbow in a good position so that if heals fused, at least the chick can walk. Keep us posted.
     
  7. redvespa90

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    Unfortunately little Lefty died this afternoon. I successfully splinted the curled toes, but couldn't splint the very badly injured leg. I was giving pedialyte and runny scrambled eggs. The little guy just didn't have it in him. I'm glad his suffering is over. I couldn't let it go on for much longer.
     
  8. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, at least you tried. I have to say, it looked pretty miserable in your pic. [​IMG]
     
  9. redvespa90

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    Yeah he was pretty miserable looking. It's bittersweet and I'm sorry for the little guy - but I'm glad he's gone.
     
  10. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    hugs
     

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