is this slipped tendon?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cedarcovefarm, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2015
    so I found one of my my little week old chicks in the brooder yesterday struggling to walk. Really not using its legs at all. I put shoes on and nothing. I put band aids in thinking straddled and that didn't work. So I'm looking at the legs wondering if it's a slipped tendon. But I'm not 100% sure what I'm looking at.the ball seems to be on the front I think[​IMG][/IMG]
  2. cedarcovefarm

    cedarcovefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2015
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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I haven't treated a slipped tendon, but usually they will stand with one leg sticking out to the side or to the back, and it can be common to see redness or broken skin at the hock joint. Treatment of a slipped tendon is usually not successful, but should be tried just in case it is successful. Here are some links to help you:

      • An excerpt from Poultry Pedia Podiatry:
    • To reposition the tendon into the correct place: Gently pull the upper part of bird's leg a bit behind normal position and then carefully straighten the leg as though bird were stretching its leg back in a pretty normal stretching motion. Press gently against the side of the tendon if needed, and it should pop back into place pretty easily and cause little if any pain. Gently release the leg and it should return to a normal bent position.
      • Some sources recommend pushing the tendon back in place just by pressing with your finger. However, stretching the leg back is a much less painful method.
    • Sometimes a tendon has a hard time staying in place. It may have been out of place for too long or a chick's hock groove may not yet have developed enough to hold the tendon well (Be sure to provide very good nutrition to support optimal bone growth at this time. Do NOT give Calcium or other nutrients in excessive amounts, however--that could cause other problems.).
      • You can repeat the repositioning of the tendon additional times. This may help the tendon gradually lengthen & shape correctly, while the bone is also growing enough to hold the tendon better.
      • You can put the tendon in place & then ***wrap the joint area with sports tape*** or other tape to help hold it there. Use a thin strip of tape wrapped several times around the joint. Change the tape after a few days to ensure it doesn't restrict circulation too much.

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