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Does this chick have slipped tendons?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by whisperingwind, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. whisperingwind

    whisperingwind In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2016
    Bradford Maine
    Is there anything I can do to treat this chick? Outside of going to a vet I am willing to invest hours and effort, I can build slings, hobbles, trusses, I just need to know how to treat the issue.

    (Copied from a post in a poultry group on FB)
    I posted about a splay legged chick I had and since then I've become suspicious that it's not merely splay leg or something else entirely. I'll post some photos, but it's almost as if his legs haven't developed properly or the hip joints aren't working properly or are injured? I could use some advice. As you can see, his legs extend forward and while he can manage to flap and hop his way around, he can't truly walk normally at all, he sits legs fully extended forward and when he wants to move he sort of hops up and flaps his little wings to keep his body up. If it IS splay leg a standard hobble to keep his feet together for a base isn't the solution as it doesn't really address the issue of his legs jutting forward as they do, do I need some sort of harness to keep his hips back and his legs under him perhaps?

  2. em530

    em530 Chirping

    Oct 13, 2014
    How old is the chick? I had a chick like this, not quite to the extent of yours but still had legs forward I made some hobbles out of a plaster and kept them on for 48 hours and now it is all better, I too was suspicious as anything I had seen on splayed leg showed the legs out to the sides not forward but hobbles corrected my chick [​IMG] If it doesn't seem to help perhaps try a sling?

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