Leg problem - but doesn't look like spraddle leg!!**pics**new pics**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickymom2two, May 10, 2008.

  1. chickymom2two

    chickymom2two New Egg

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    Hello to all!! I have "adopted" 2 baby chicks that are 5 days old with leg problems. It doesn't look like spraddle leg from everything that I have seen on here (I could be wrong because this is my first experience with chicks!!). They each have a leg that is curled up underneath of them. The leg won't extend out unless you straighten it out for them. The toes seem to be overlapping one another on the curled up leg. I'm not sure what to try and do to fix them up. They don't move around alot when they are in the box, but they are very active when you pick them up. I will get a couple pictures and post them shortly.[​IMG]
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  2. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, your right that doesn't look like any spraddle leg chick I have seen. I think I would still try to treat it as a spraddly leg chick though. It can't hurt, unless anyone else has an idea.
     
  3. chickymom2two

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    I have been searching for 4 days now to try and figure out what this is and I haven't seen anything quite like it. What is the best method for treating it? If I use the bandaids, would I put the gauze part of the bandaid where the joint is in the hawk to try and straighten it out there? I will try anything as we have grown quite attached to these little guys!!!
     
  4. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LynneP posted this on anoth thread Spraddle Legs and its got some great pictures.

    Link to original posting
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Is the little red one missing toes, or does it just look that way?

    You could also try and feel and see if the tendon is where it's supposed to be...slipped tendons make their little leggies all stiff like that.
    You could also try physical therapy or range of motion exercises for them...
     
  6. dozen chickens

    dozen chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there~ We have had a total of 29 chicks in the past year, and out of them we have lost a total of 3 to something that seems similar. I am by no means an expert, but for our 3 (1 was last summer, 2 were in the last 2 weeks) it started by them acting kind of strange. They would mingle with the rest and then at times go off on their own. Then, we started noticing a "limp" of sorts, favoring one foot, and then the "limp" would become more prominent and lastly the toes would curl in. From everything that I have read/searched, it seems as though it is some sort of mineral deficiency. With the first one, he hung on for close to 2 months and at times we thought he was getting better and then other times not. We kept him protected from the others and fed him baby vitamins (I cant think of the name now, Poly vi-sol or something) in his water. We fed him tomatoes and spinach and pampered him. Once the heat of summer hit, it seemed to make his problems progress to where he couldnt possibly be happy and we put him down. He would also do some strange neurological stuff- turning his head, etc. He was a spring chick, so lived to be somewhere around 5 months and was a Partrige Cochin, rooster we believe.

    A couple weeks ago, one of our roosters from last year, another Partrige Cochin, was acting odd, at times he would go off on his own and sit by himself. At times it woudl seem as if he were limping, but not prominent enough to be sure. Then, he did some weird neurological stuff with his head/neck and then he ran smack into the tree and our other rooster started pecking him, etc and I ran out and he was definately out of it so we put him down right then. We knew he was going downhill and didnt want him to suffer.

    THEN, a few days ago one of our chicks (somewhere around 2 months old) started doing the same thing with the leg, and we brought it in and pampered it but after a few days he/she wasnt doing any better but seemed to be worsening and rather than prolongate like we did with the 1st one we put it down.

    Anyhow, that is our stories, and like I said, I did TONS of research and everything was pointing to a mineral deficiency of sorts. I dont know if this sounds anything like what you have going on. Best of luck!
     
  7. dozen chickens

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    I just looked at your pix again, and I cant really tell if the toes seem to be how ours were, but they all started curling inward, on just one foot.
     
  8. chickymom2two

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    Quote:All of his toes are there, they are just a little bunched up and not out flat. I'm not sure about the tendon....I looked at them and felt them, but I'm not sure what it is susposed to look and feel like. I have been trying to straighten them out whenever I bring them out for a little hobble across the carpet. I guess I will try to treat it as spraddle leg. They have hairy legs, so it might be painful when the bandaid comes off!!!
     
  9. chickymom2two

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    Quote:Thanks for the great website.....I guess, we have nothing to loose by treating it as spraddle. I will do it tonight....I'm a little nervous and it will take me that long to get my courage up!! I don't want to hurt the little guys!!
     
  10. chickymom2two

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    REPLY TO DOZEN CHICKENS: .....The leg thing sounds the same, but they aren't acting funny in any way. Where yours born like that or did it happen over time? Did you treat for spraddle leg when you discovered it??
     
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