Howdy! New girl here that has a chick with a dislocating knee joint :(

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mama_Vendredi, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. Mama_Vendredi

    Mama_Vendredi New Egg

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    Hi everybody!
    I'm new to backyardchickens and I suppose I should introduce myself before I start asking for help!
    My name is Arianna, I'm entering my sophmore year of college to become a middle grades science teacher and I love my chickens. I got my first four chickens almost a year ago and four more shortly thereafter. I've got two silkies, a rhode island red, a leghorn, two amerucana mixes and a silkie leghorn mix. I had two silkie leghorn mixes but one turned out to be a rooster-which we found a new home for after he sired 13 adoreable little chicks.
    I got all of my chickens when they were around a month old. I raised them indoors until they were big enough to go outside and not get snatched by a hawk. 10 of my 13 chicks are outside with one of my silkies (who adopted all of them-only 4 are actually hers). The other three chicks are being raised by me indoors. They were too much younger than the other chicks my silkie adopted and so she rejected them. This leads me to my problem>
    One of the rejected chicks has a knee joint that refuses to stay in place. It seems like the ligament is too short and every time the chick tries to bend its knee it pops out of place. It doesn't seem to be in pain, but I feel so bad for the poor thing. Has anyone heard of this issue before and is there any way to fix it?
    Thanks guys!
    -Arianna
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined [​IMG] [​IMG] i haven't seen a chicken like that [​IMG]
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] Arianna! Glad you joined the forum. You might want to place your question in the diseases/injuries section - someone might have had a similar issue and can lend you some advice. Good luck to you! [​IMG]
     
  4. smarquis86

    smarquis86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from yakima, wa
     
  5. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Hello and welcome to BYC! I agree with the above poster and ask in the emergency and diseases forum. Maybe you can make her a brace? Good luck!
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like your chick has a slipped tendon in its hock joint. Glad you're getting right on the problem! [​IMG]

    There is info on treating that on the Poultry Podiatry page on my website linked in my sig. I would DEFINITELY recommend several days in a chick chair for your guy, so the leg will be reasonably still during the time it's trying to reconstruct structure around the tendon to keep it permanently in place.

    Hope it helps!
     

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