Help!! Baby chicks leg is going black!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bradronnie11, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. bradronnie11

    bradronnie11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all.
    I have a nearly 2 day old baby chick. I had 30+ chicks hatch and they are in a very large brooder and all thriving. However my tiniest chick can't stand on one of its legs. When I checked it closely it had a tiny little bit of blood on its leg joint( what would be its knee?) so I placed a little tiny bandage around it very gently and not tight. On checking it again today it just kept lying on the floor and getting trampled on, so I quickly got it out and checked the cut, which looks like it had scabbed over a bit but the pink colour leg it had is now going black!! It looks like dark dark blood, it's a little on its foot and then all the way up on its leg as far up as I can see. It's other leg is perfectly fine and it is thriving other than the leg keeping her stuck to the floor or hopping out the way and food and water. What could she have done? I can't say that it wAsnt there from second she came out but I'm sure I would have noticed as I watch them carefully when together to make sure they are eating etc. now when she does stand on the other leg, other chicks see her leg lifted and peck it knocking her over. The normal leg extends out straight and fine but I can only (gently) move this leg so far before it stiffens and I won't move it anymore. Is it broken? Is the leg dying? Could it just be bruised. I've tried separating her but she cries for the others so I have put 4 in with her in a. Little home made brooder. Please help :( does she need a visit to the vet (££££) or is there something I can do? I hope I can fix it but I will take her to the vet if not. I don't want to leave her as she seems to be so sad and uncomfortable !!
     
  2. bradronnie11

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    It's as if the legs stuck in the position it would be if she were lay down. The hip is fine. But her knee bit will not extend. She can move her toes as she tries to grip me when I pick her up.
     
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  4. bradronnie11

    bradronnie11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody. I can't rest. Is there anything I should be doing?
     
  5. bradronnie11

    bradronnie11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just lying there now :(
     
  6. Aw-Ee Chicken

    Aw-Ee Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    First things first, I really do hope she gets better.

    I don't know what it is, but just keep doing what you're doing until something changes. If it gets too bad, I would take her to the vet. I hope for the best.
     
  7. bradronnie11

    bradronnie11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually can't find anything anywhere on what is wrong with her. I thought it was to do with the little cut but I can't see that her "knee" wouldn't move because of it.
     
  8. Aw-Ee Chicken

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    Maybe it's sore or infected? Is there any puss or swelling?
     
  9. bradronnie11

    bradronnie11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope , no puss, was just a little blood that has now healed and the part of the leg that I can see doesn't look any bigger compared to the other one. It is really stiff. That's what's bothering me, and the black/ purple colour now up her leg
     
  10. Aw-Ee Chicken

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    Another guess is whatever she cut her leg with hit a nerve or something and paralyzed her leg. And it's changing color. Now this is something I never seen; an expert should know.
     

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