HELP please !!!!!!!!!! i dont want it to die

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken1", Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Chicken1"

    Chicken1" In the Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    ok can someone please help , my chick had curled toes on one foot and it couldnt walk so it used to walk on one foot and then on its hock
    so i made it a boot 2 days ago and it was still walking on its hock with the boot on .

    today i took the boot off and its toes were straight and they had tension they could grip but i suppose it couldnt walk on its feet after so long on its hock
    its gotten so used to like pushing its hip down that it cant put it up if i physically put its leg in the right place it will stay but as soon as i let go it falls back down on its hock ....

    it is only three .......maybe 4 days old

    see this is how a leg is meant to look


    but instead at the top of its leg it goes straight down then at its hock it goes out at like a right angle i wish i had a picture but i cant upload ones from my computer
    the chick is hopping about relitavely well ,it is not heavilly breathing ,it drinks on its own and its eating a mixture of un-medicated chick crumbs ( ground up into a powder) and a bit of egg yolk which is made into a mash and it eats lots of tiny mealworms.

    can someone please help or tell me how to maybe splint the leg so it is upright i really dont want it to die

    oh and i forgot its bedding is a teatowel x
  2. TerriL

    TerriL Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Holden, Missouri
    Hi Chicken 1, I dont know if I can help but I had one thought. I had an adult that had a leg problem he couldn't straighten it. The vet suggested that I do physical therapy on it, so I did range of motion, just very small movements bringing the leg out straight gently and the up into a bent position and the back straight again. What that did was help lengthen and make the tendon stronger.
    My rooster had an illness and he didnt make it but that had nothing to do with the leg.

    If you should choose to try I wouldnt do much since you chick is so young and you will need to do it a couple of times a day for as long as it take for the tendons and muscle and whatever to get better.

    Please know that this is just an idea and it may not work I just wanted to try and be some help.

    Good luck Terri

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