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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BeccaB00, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010

    Hi everyone, I have ANOTHER problem. A couple weeks ago my hen hatched out 3 chicks. The hen is just to young to

    take care of babies. All died exept one, and the bigger chickens broke the chick's leg, and injured his wing. He is in a cardboard box in the house right now. He doesnt seem to be in pain supprisingly...he hops around using the one good leg, and his wings.

    I tried to post pics, but I don't know if it worked, but incase it didn't work here are some details:
    His leg was COMPLETELY backwords.
    The under part of his wing is dark purple and looks swollen.
    (also bleeding a bit) and he keeps it held back behind his head
    We don't really want to put him down. so any help on fixing the leg would be great.

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2010
  2. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    This chick is in pain, probably in shock, and suffering. Put the poor thing down.
  3. Amy's Animals

    Amy's Animals Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    Yes, putting it down would be the most humane thing to do.
    Even if you do manage to splint the leg, he might die anyway of the intense pain and shock, or just because he's too weak.
    If you still want to go ahead and fix him up, first of all, where is his leg broken? If it is completely backwards from the hip, forget it, but if it's from the "knee" than you might be able to fix him.
    As for his wing, it might be broken as well, or cracked.
    Also, you said "they" broke his leg, injured his wing... who is they?
    If they is the other grown chickens, it's really no surprise that the chicks were killed. It is not the young mom's fault, I'm sure she did her best trying to protect them from the rest, but she can only do so much. Always seperate hens with chicks from the rest of the flock at least until the chicks can take care of themselves a little.
  4. karen71

    karen71 Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    Please try to post pics possible someone can help you ...
    I would suggest next time to separate - I put mama and the babies in a separate kennel until babies are bigger and can get out of way - unfortunatley our feathered friends are very mean and nasty to weaklings ..
    sorry for your chickie [​IMG]
    Please do the right thing if can't be fixed - I had to for 2 chickies it was hard but the best thing I could do for them again [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    yes the older chickens broke his leg. But the mom is not protecting him. I know its not her fault, shes just to young though. I guess we may have to put him down, as I do not know where it is broke. His leg is now turned back the right way, so what does that mean? we turned it back earlier (don't know if it was a very good idea to) and it stayed. His wing also looks better but like I said, I don't know exactly where to injuries are..He's such a pretty chick and in good health to, (other than the injuries) [​IMG] can anyone tell me how to post pics? idk how to...
  6. Settin'_Pretty

    Settin'_Pretty Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Georgia
    I had that happen once to a Jap Bantam
    My sister felt so sorry for it she built a little sling from Popsicle sticks and old sheet
    it had the chic sitting on the sling like a hammock with both feet on the ground, and then she fed and watered it regularly

    A lot of time and effort, but that chic healed up and turned out to be a beautiful hen and lived a normal spoiled life
  7. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Where was the leg broke at on your chicken?
  8. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Songster 10 Years

    May 25, 2008
    Here are instructions for posting photos:

    There is some info that may be helpful on the webpage linked in my signature below.
    In the section titled "Fix Slipped Achilles Tendon in Hock Joint," there is a link on making a cast from a drinking straw.
    There is also other info on the page on caring for chicks with leg injuries in general.

    If the chick is in a lot of pain, I would feel it best to cull, though. Injuries sound like they may be too much?? Do whatever you think will help the chick most.

    Do you already know good ways to do cull if the pain is severe & likely to last a while & healing may be iffy? If useful, there is a good thread on ways to cull at:

    I don't know the best thing, of course, and feel for your loss of chicks and sadness about the one that's left.
  9. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    I'm just a teenager, so this almost makes cry just THINKING about putting him down..[​IMG]
  10. speakup4kids

    speakup4kids Songster

    Apr 3, 2010
    Yuba City , CA
    I don't cull chicks. I know that people may disagree with me but i don't cull because of pain especially. I treat the pain, symptoms, and IF the chick is meant to die it will. I am not God and I will not play God with even an animals life. My only exception would be with an advanced age animal with a terminal illness and then it would depend on several factors. I am a trained vet tech and was surprised that many of my instructors feel the same. Have you culled your chick? If not, where is the wing and leg broken? ?They can both be splinted and your chicks pain lessened.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010

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