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Dead leg in chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wyverntales, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. Wyverntales

    Wyverntales Hatching

    Oct 22, 2015
    Found a chick from a brooder that is about 2 days old, with what looks like a dead leg. It looks like it had received an injury and the leg has 'dried' up. Any ideas on what I can do to help it if I can? I'm wondering if a mouse might of injured it?[​IMG]
    I have never seen this kind of injury in young chicks...
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2017

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Could it have been crushed by a feeder or waterer? Or wedged in the brooder somehow? Can you loook for any hairs or strings that could have become wrapped around the leg? Hairs can cut off circulation and have been common in chicks. I would agree that it looks dead, similar to what we see in crush or frostbie injuries. I would consider what to do next, whether or not to cull the chick or try to let it live. It may not be able to get enough to eat and drink. So sorry.

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