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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LocalYokel, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    First time Incubating
    I have one little one that cant seem to put weight on one leg and i don't what to do!
    I don't think it's splayed but I don't know if its slipped or what!
    Want to save this chick and I know that untreated "cripples" die..

    Temporary chick hospital is incubator

    Chick is in a small container with a washcloth in it.
    it was in the brooder like this but the other ones kept speeding by and aggravating injury, would hop in container and peck her!

    how do i treat?
  2. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens


    Here are the 9.
    The one next to the left temp gauge is the chick with bad leg. the other one is pecking......
    well was, chick is back in container inside incubator to isolate
  3. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

    Oct 21, 2015
  4. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens


    Hard to tell, the leg on your left/chicksright is not down, it holds it and wont put weight on it


    Here is the leg in question, up closer
  5. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    I really, don't think it's spraddling.
    the chick can move, but it hurts to have weight on that leg
  6. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

    Oct 21, 2015
    Here's a link that has information on a variety of leg problems in chicks. Information how to treat and links to other places to get additional information on the different leg issues. Perhaps you can take a look and try and narrow down what you think could be causing your chicks symptoms.

  7. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    I have read all those links this morning before posting.
    I dont know some of the terms in there, Is there anyone local who knows about this and can look at it?
    Tendon looks down the middle of back leg.
    I am bad at pictures and dont know what to do
    I am in St.Pete/Pinellas Park area
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    If you run your finger next to the groove where the tendon is supposed to be and can't feel it (it would feel something like a bit of string rolling around), I'd guess its where its should be. That chick may have just had a hard time hatching, or got itself into a weird position while preparing to hatch. I've had a few that seemed to be favoring one leg after hatch, and honestly, I just leave them be (unless they're struggling to get around, to the food and water) and they were running around like normal after a couple of days. I'd put it back with the other chicks and keep an eye on it. There's going to be some pecking, chicks explore the world around them with their beaks. If its not aggressive, just leave them to it. Chicks are usually less stressed when they're with their buddies, even if they're being pushed around.

    Good luck!
  9. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2013
    Try some extra vitamins/minerals in it's water. Lot's of leg issues with chicks are vitamin/mineral related (something missing in hen's diet).

    Here is something to read:


    I've also read Vitamin E and selenium could be the cause. You might try administering a drop of Vit E in the beak.

  10. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    I saw that too.
    Where can you buy Vitamin E??
    I put local honey in their water

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