leg problem, infection?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by khelsher, May 1, 2007.

  1. khelsher

    khelsher Hatching

    May 1, 2007
    I have some broilers that are 3 weeks now.
    One of them started limping today and I noticed the leg joint (knee?) is swollen. [​IMG][​IMG]
    this is my first time raising chicks so Ive no idea what to do. I searched the internet for leg disorders but all I could find was the fast growth causing sprawled leg.
    I don't think that is what this is. His leg is in a normal bent position but not straightening up for standing. also as I said it is swollen. There is no sign of cut or scrape in the area.
    I separated him from the rest so as not to get trampled. Im hoping there is something I can do to help him.
    any advise is appreciated!!
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    You said these are broilers? So they tend to grow pretty fast...and have all sorts of leg and joint problems. At 3 weeks....it should not have problems....and I am not sure what you can do, other than vitamins maybe. Or, maybe its time for the pot? ( stock pot that is) Maybe someone with more knowledge on this can help.
    Good luck!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Meat broilers can have this problem. I found that some meat broiler sources have stronger chicks with less leg problems than others. I would try to restrict all the broilers feed a bit so they can actually make it to market weight. They only have 3-5 weeks more to go before some good cooking so good luck with the rest! Just keep the little guy separate and restrict his feed a bit.
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    It is likely the legs went out on the chick due to overgrowth. They are known for this. Here is what is recommended for meat birds to ensure proper growth through butcher.

    Free choice 20% starter or flockraiser for the first week (full feeder)

    Week 2 - start lifting the feed at night or provide rationed meals 3x's per day (do not leave feeders full).

    At 3-4 wks, change them over to 16 or 18% grower. By this time, they should be off the brooding lamps and you shouldn't have to take the feed away at night since they can't see to eat.

    By 6-8 wks they are ready for processing.

    Avoid overcrowding as they are very prone to injuries and some can be more aggressive in nature when it comes to getting to the food dish. Also, high mortality can occur at 4wks and on due to ascites. To alleviate this, avoid night drafts and overheating.


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