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Disabled chicken- what should I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jenms, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Jenms

    Jenms New Egg

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    Hi all, I have a silver laced polish pullet that I got when she was a day old and a few times within the first few months I had to separate it because I thought it was going to die. She would use her wing as a crutch but it didn't seem to be any broken legs or wings . Now she's about 120 days old and her hip seems to be dislocated but not really and she is really bowlegged. What do I do I'm not sure if she's in pain or not. it looks painful.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Sorry about your pullet, but she sounds like she either has a vitamin/mineral deficiency such as rickets or possibly a bone or tendon issue that she was born with (many times due to deficiencies in the parent stock.) Would it be possible to post a picture of her standing normally? Here are a couple of links to read:
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/mineral_deficiencies_in_poultry.html
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

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    Slipped tendon
     
  3. Jenms

    Jenms New Egg

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    Yeah that picture looks just like it. I will try and post a picture. do you think she's in pain. what should I do
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Slipped tendon is sometimes fixed if they are very young, and some have fixed it if it has happened later on, but the success rate is fairly low. I have never had a chick with it, thank goodness. Many try to let the chickens live and see how it goes, treating with vitamins and mineral supplements to prevent worsening. The Poulty Pedia link has instructions on how to help, and here it a link to one success story: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/201834/update-slipped-tendon-in-4-day-old-bantam-chick-any-hope
     

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