leg problems - what to do?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jemmasgrandma, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. jemmasgrandma

    jemmasgrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First time for meaties ... I have 50, 2 week old cornish x in the brooder box, today when I went out to check them I had several with splayed legs [​IMG] I have taped 2 of them. My question is what to do if this doesn't work? Can I keep the seperate from the rest and just raise them like that? I don't know why this happened, they are on wood shavings, not slippery [​IMG] I'm scared to check them in the morning...
     
  2. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do they have splayed legs or are just refusing to walk? I've had splayed legs in brand new birds, but not really with two week olds. I usually cull mine, but if you're willing to put in the time, isolate them and see what happens- they may get better. However, a bird that's just laying around refusing to walk may be sick as well- it's sometimes hard to tell the difference. But either way, isolation would be appropriate if you want to try to save the bird.
     
  3. jemmasgrandma

    jemmasgrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, well, I guess I just assumed they were splayed -they try to walk but can't seem to. will see how they are in the morning.
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    splayed legs does seem odd in two week old birds.
     
  5. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    I don't know why several would go down at the same time , and agree with others that splayed legs are unlikely . The 2 birds that went down on their legs for me had fluid in their body cavity ; I'm guessing a heart or circulatory problem on my two . Why several of yours went down overnight is a bit baffling . Anything unusual happen , like running out of water ?
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    or mycotxiosis(sp?) are their wings or necks drooping?
     
  7. jemmasgrandma

    jemmasgrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, their wings are fine, they're holding their heads just right...I change/clean their water at least 3 times a day. I'm thinking of just keeping them seperate and just see how they do. They seem to be eating & drinking just fine, but just scoot around, and when they are just sitting their toes are curled back. we'll see
     
  8. jemmasgrandma

    jemmasgrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure appreiciate any input on how to take care of them...
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    you know, I would try a heavy dose of PoliViSol (baby vitamins) in the water, or actually I would even give each of them about half a dropper full in the mouth then treat the water as well.
     
  10. jemmasgrandma

    jemmasgrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Moved them to the big coop...they seem to be coming out if it. I only have one that has a little trouble hopefully he'll snap out of it too. I didn't give them vitamins.
     

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