AMaggio

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Hi all, i have a three week old Easter egger who i found stuck in a corner this afternoon on its side. When i went to check on her she was holding her leg oddly so i pulled her out. I can't find any swelling and she doesn't flinch when i touch her. I checked her hips, knee, ankle, and toes for cut or injuries of any kind. I can't find anything. I think she might have sprained something but im not sure. She'll stand but can't put weight in the right leg. I thought maybe something was broken but can't find a break or swelling. Not sure what to look for but for now she isolated with food and water.
Here's some images of how she's babying the leg. She is eating and still at a healthy weight so it must have happened recently.
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AMaggio

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Looked at her leg a little closer after she got settled. Looks like the leg is fine but the foot is limp. She can stretch her toes but won't when walking or being held.
 

AMaggio

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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Did a bit of research and it might be a foot injury or riboflavin deficiency. In leaning towards injury and made her a boot out of tape to help it heal. Will keep everyone posted. If anyone has a better suggestion please let me know.
 

AMaggio

Chirping
Jun 21, 2019
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even with the boot she's keeping her leg splayed out in front of her sometimes. I'm wondering if there's something wrong with the joint there and not just the feet. I put a friend in her little box because she's peeping non-stop. This chick is quiet and nervous so maybe it'll do them both some good. I'm hoping to see some positive change tomorrow.
 

21hens-incharge

Slightly nuts
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I am definitely NOT an expert at all.
I would suggest offering her foods rich in riboflavin such as eggs.
A vitamin B supplement is not a bad idea. Most farm stores carry it.

In the mean time tell us more about this chick....

How many birds in with this one?
Any others having any off symptoms?
What feed do you feed?
What treats do you feed including how much and how often?
How high up is the tallest thing in the coop that they could get on....even if you think "no way can they get up there"?

I am sure other much more knowledgeable people will be along shortly.
 

hispoptart

Crowing
9 Years
Apr 14, 2011
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I'm sorry your baby is going through this, I will tag a couple of others that may be able to help.

@Eggcessive @Wyorp Rock @21hens-incharge

Thank you
I am definitely NOT an expert at all.
I would suggest offering her foods rich in riboflavin such as eggs.
A vitamin B supplement is not a bad idea. Most farm stores carry it.

In the mean time tell us more about this chick....

How many birds in with this one?
Any others having any off symptoms?
What feed do you feed?
What treats do you feed including how much and how often?
How high up is the tallest thing in the coop that they could get on....even if you think "no way can they get up there"?

I am sure other much more knowledgeable people will be along shortly.
Don't cut yourself short, you have given so great advice.
 

21hens-incharge

Slightly nuts
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Mar 9, 2014
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Northern Colorado
I'm sorry your baby is going through this, I will tag a couple of others that may be able to help.

@Eggcessive @Wyorp Rock @21hens-incharge

Thank you


Don't cut yourself short, you have given so great advice.
Mostly things I have learned here on BYC and putting myself in the OP's spot. Kind of a "what would I do" thought process. :p

Thanks for your confidence in me. :)
 

Eggcessive

Enabler
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I would give the chicken vitamins that include riboflavin. Human vitamin B complex is also good instead, 1/4 tablet crushed daily. There could have been an injury or it may be a riboflavin deficiency. Make sure the chick keeps in contact with the other chicks, but don’t let it get trampled.
 

Wyorp Rock

Chloe!😱
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Sep 20, 2015
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I'm sorry about your chick.

I would give her some poultry vitamins containing B2 (Riboflavin).
Hopefully it's just a sprain or injury. She's a little young but it could be some early symptoms of Marek's disease. If possible, keep her near the other chicks so she not lonely. Keep her eating/drinking.
 

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