Help! chickens leg

Cluckels

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 23, 2012
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Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Well everything was going really well 12 healthy happy chicks with adopted mum and 11 eggs due on friday, my daughter (4 year old) was helping me get the eggs and steped on a chick
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he raced off ok but then started limping
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I have taken him and put in the brooder by him self, but looks like he may have some damage to the joint in his leg
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the skin is broken there as well, when he walks he favors the leg and holds it up when he is standing, semms content in the brooder box at themin snuggled into a soft toy, any other advice or things I can do?? will give him the day and consider putting him down if things get worse
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he is one on my yunger lot only a week and a half old, thanks
 

froggiesheins

Crowing
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Oct 14, 2010
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Poor litle fuzzy-butt......Well you are doing it right by isolating him, give him a mirror and food&water and see what tomorrow brings. IF is is broken it will take 2-3 weeks to heal. If it is dislocated I'm not sure what you do :( . Or, it could be just just sprained or ouchie from the trauma of getting stepped on. Keep him quiet and in a small area....
Gosh I hope this helps...:)
 

CluckyCharms

Songster
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Sep 28, 2012
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A week(ish) old chick up against a 4 year old's 35-40lb body multiplied by pressure per pound isn't good. There could be breakage (I would imagine there are breaks) or it could be just seriously bruised.

Ordinarily I would say put it out of its misery and call it a sad day...but considering the reason his foot is injured...I wouldn't put him down. I'd cause him more pain and actually splint it back into place and brace it. If there are breaks and you leave it like that - it will heal deformed and never right itself. It looks like a break in the "ankle" joint to me - but I have no idea what that would be called in a chicken's skeletal anatomy.

The only reason I would attempt this is for your daughter's sake, not the chick's.

I wouldn't use the tape method as that is mainly for chicks who are born with curled toes that don't straighten on their own. I'd go with chickenchick's sandals here:

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/spraddle-leg-in-baby-chicks-what-is-it.html

Scroll down the page, the splint and brace instructions for curled toes are about halfway down the page. I'd go with that method as it is sturdy and *might* work for this situation.


Please post updates on this little one, poor thing. :(
 
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Cluckels

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 23, 2012
11
0
22
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Thanks for the replys, I like the mirror idea haddent thought of that put 1 in and the little guy livend up a bit and started to eat and drink for me, :) it's more the knee joint rathor than an anlke I would say he has only curled his foot in the hours after the fact, but when i try move the led he can move his toes but the knee is still stiff will see how things pan out over the coming days and if he is suffering I will do what needs to be done, just wanna give the lil guy some a chance thanks will keep you all posted
 

Cluckels

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 23, 2012
11
0
22
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Well good news yesterday he started using his leg again alto still limping, and today you would no have even known he had a sore leg lol so now he is back with his mum and other chicks happy doing what chicks do :)
 

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