deformed leg

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by amferro103, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. amferro103

    amferro103 Hatching

    Jun 12, 2009
    San Rafael
    Just hatched my first batch of chicks 14 days ago. 18 in all.
    One chick does have a problem, its leg is deformed and sticks sraight out to the side and is unable to stand except for just a few seconds.
    He got around pretty good at first but the last 2 days
    the joint has gotten swollen and he doesn't move around much and gets stepped on by the other chicks. He still eats and drinks. My question is, how do these chicks fair down the road? Does he have any future? Any help as to what to do would be greatly
    appreciated. Thanks
  2. johnwilly1962

    johnwilly1962 In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2008
    No expert here by no means, but it sounds like spraddle leg. I had two button quail with it, the two day old did not fair well, the 16 day old is showing some improvement, but not great. Try splinting a button quail at any age!!! Here is the link that I got from BYC search, hope it helps. The knee joint on my chick was also swollen, I assume from the bad position it was in and having to "drag" it with him. Good Luck.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2009
  3. Bandana

    Bandana Songster

    Yep. Sounds like spraddle leg. Not a deformity, but an injury that likely happened during the hatching process. Hope you can help the little one get better. [​IMG]
  4. Frieza

    Frieza In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2009
    I think it should be best if you kill it. It will probably never become normal.
  5. amferro103

    amferro103 Hatching

    Jun 12, 2009
    San Rafael
    Thanks for all the help but i think i gave a bad description
    of his problem.
    The leg is actually bent at a 90 degree angle
    at the first joint. He was walking on it, using it as a post, but sadly no more.
  6. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I have two chickens like this right now. I tried all the spraddled leg treatments but they did not work. One lives in a cage in the house, she is my house chicken. She cannot stand on her legs but she gets around using her wings. No, she is not like other chickens in many respects, but I try to give her every opportunity to be one. She goes outside a lot, has stuff to peck at and things to occupy her time during the day. The other one gets around great on her one leg and will go outside soon with her friend who protects her and helps her around. I think it is all a matter of what you are willing to do long term. Me, I rescue animals who need additional help and they are my pets, so culling them was not an option. The bottomline is the leg will not heal so it is your call.
  7. texas_is_home

    texas_is_home In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    Boerne, Texas
    I'd put it down. If it can't walk and run around as a chick it more than likely wont develop into a health adult and it will have all sorts of issues. Sorry [​IMG]

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