Is this a slipped tendon?

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  1. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first Faverolle to hatch had really messed up toes. I put chicken sandals on her when she was about 18 hours old.

    After that I started noticing she would lean to one side (left leg). I did the straight-leg and push on the tendon to try and see if she has a slipped tendon (right leg). For the life of me I cannot say for certain if it is slipped, if I have put it back, or what. I also had bound the 2 legs together as you would for splay leg at this point, to keep the 1 leg from going out to the side.

    I made her a chick chair out of a yogurt cup on Sunday. Yesterday I noticed she had a welt on her right knee joint. I think that it may be from her struggling inside the chick chair and scraping it somehow? it's the only thing I can come up with. she does struggled in there, and with the yogurt cup being solid white, I cant see what is happening except at the bottom by the feet. maybe she pulled her legs up high enough to scrape against the lip of the cup? It's the only thing I can figure out! (removed the hobbles tying the legs together)

    I cleaned it with iodine as soon as I discovered the injury, and AB ointment.

    since then I have kept ab ointment on it and cleaned it again with peroxide. the iodine makes the wound look a lot worse (yellowish) so I wanted to clean the area up with the peroxide and get all the iodine off for a picture, I hope peroxide is ok to use on her.

    she will not put weight on the leg with the injured knee. I am not sure at this point if it is just the external wound, or if it is also possibly a tendon as well. She will straighten the other leg but not the right leg.

    I created a new bigger chick chair for her yesterday. there is nothing she can touch her legs on, and it's clear so I can see in.

    hatched 2/7
    sandals 2/8
    chick chair 2/9 (at night time)
    bigger chair 2/10

    I also started doing little mini physical therapy session with her yesterday 2/10. this is primarily when I could tell when she would not put any weight on it. Now I am thinking that the PT isnt helping if she cannot bear weight. I have again tried to feel for a slipped tendon. can't decide if it's the tendon or the knee injury... what do you think?

    I keep remembering also that she hatched first/early, and that too high temperatures can give them screwed up legs/feet, and am wondering if that is the case here. at least it could have been with the toes - but now there is a whole nother problem...
     
  2. Farmer Viola

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    pictures - right leg shows knee injury/scrape wound, also swollen
    note how left leg goes straight but right leg is bent
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    wont bear weight
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    she even leans to 1 side in the chick chair
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    we call her DJ chickie
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  3. Heidisgran

    Heidisgran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry I just do have the answer...but I know someone who might...I send her the link.
    Farmer...when I have a chick with troubles I tuck them in my shirt under my chin and love them a lot!
     
  4. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh thank you!
    I know... she looks so sad in her chair doesn't she?
    I do take her out and give her snuggles, and I try to scratch her head and neck for her since she cant.
    she likes to cuddle on my shoulder next to my neck in my hair :) yesterday I took her out of the chair 6 times, trying to give her plenty of love and attention
     
  5. Farmer Viola

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    ok so I watched this video:

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    it really helped me understand how to move the tendon.

    she definitely has a slipped tendon... I was able to put it back on, twice. whenever she bends it, it goes right back off. I really do not want to cull her!!! [​IMG] I have read that if it the bone grows with the tendon slipped she will be lame and have to be culled..

    So I put the tendon back on, and I used a band-aid to keep it straight. I tried using vetwrap but her leg started turning purple so I hope the bandaid works better. also I put the padded part of the bandaid on the wound. is it common for there to be a wound on the knee that has the slipped tendon? Oh I also put arnica gel on it for the swelling

    is there anything else I can do?? I will do anything to save her!
     
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  6. Heidisgran

    Heidisgran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had this happen. I think your doing everything you can...extra nutrition? and tlc...time! poor little baby
     
  7. Farmer Viola

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    well things here are not looking great...

    this chick is not thriving, she is being outgrown by her hatchmates who were hatched the day after her. I do not think she likes to eat that much. I will watch her eat a bite here or there, but her poops are usually watery, barely any food coming through. she is getting 'some' food.

    I am supplementing with nutri-drench, organic raw honey water, organic apple cider vinegar water, electrolyte water, probiotic water... not all at the same time ;) but she only has a tiny bottle cap worth of water so I give her different stuff.

    I am wondering if I am being cruel by keeping her alive. I am wondering how much pain the tendon is causing her. she seems to chirp constantly, unlike any other chick. I will put another faverolle chick in a snuggly warm towel with her. the other chick is content and quiet, while she never ever shuts up. Is it because she is in pain? [​IMG]

    Her tendon becomes slipped very easily. It may be because I did not catch it or treat it in time. It is wrapped in a band-aid to keep it straight, but it the tendon still slips off, she squirms SO MUCH. I have corrected it so many times today I can't even count. It's breaking my heart. I don't want to see her suffer any more.

    I will cull her if it is what I have to do... I just didn't want to have to do that... [​IMG]
     
  8. Farmer Viola

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    I wouldn't even be opposed to raising her with a leg problem and her being my gimpy inside girl.

    it's just that I cannot tell whether or not this is causing her a lot of constant pain.....
     
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  9. Heidisgran

    Heidisgran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had 1 of my candy corn polish babies pass....she never grew
     
  10. Farmer Viola

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    Oh no... I am sorry!! [​IMG]
     

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