Emu hock joint swollen

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Deedsta, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Deedsta

    Deedsta New Egg

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    Hello everyone, I got some emu chicks 4 days ago and today one of them randomly started limping. its leg doesn't look broken but its hock is swollen or out of place. he cant even use the leg pretty much and I don't know what to do please help me!
     
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  3. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Deedsta, you need information from someone more knowledgeable -- another incubator/raiser of chicks -- but I really know how frustrated you feel.

    What I can tell you is that 'leg problems' are unfortunately frequent in incubated chicks. We've even wondered if the U.S.-breeders' gene pool is too small -- there have been no emus introduced to the U.S. for a long time.

    At this very second, providing a quiet environment, so the chick isn't startled into movement, and putting food and water close, is about all you can do.


    Supreme Emu, Lake Muir, W.A.
     
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  4. birdeo

    birdeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try finding an avian vet in your area, please.
     
  5. Deedsta

    Deedsta New Egg

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    There's non in my area. I put his tendon back in place and wrapped it.



     
  6. birdeo

    birdeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, well if you want to just double check here is a site where you can:

    http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803

    also, please be sure the flooring is non slip , looks like it's in a Rubbermaid container type deal....perhaps that's just temp., hope so.
    You can cover the bottom with something that will not be slippery ( and won't move around like shavings ) like indoor/outdoor carpet but those chicks need more room than t be in one of those containers.
    Also, if it's warm enough for you to go outside barefoot then those chicks can be out in that weather too.
    They always need plenty of room to run, fresh air and sunshine, enough warmth and try and keep the protein down in the feed to below 20% if you can.
    Vitamin supps. added to the water and/or food that have a lot of various B types are very good for bones, etc. and maybe would help that hock heal a bit.
     
  7. briefvisit

    briefvisit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wonderful wonderful wonderful advice, birdeo
     
  8. Deedsta

    Deedsta New Egg

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    The rest of the birds are in the greenhouse I have in the back yard so they are running around and scavenging.
    It been a while since the slipped tendon bird got his hock healed. I left him in that tub probably will for another 2 weeks. His hock doesn't slip out anymore and it's not wrapped. But now his feet is starting to spread the one that was hurt. Its starting to face towards the right. So it kinda walking in a split.
     
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