New born chick won't stand on one of its feet.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by the_mighty_quinn, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. the_mighty_quinn

    the_mighty_quinn New Egg

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    Saturday just gone I had a chicken hatch from some eggs that were incubating in a homemade incubator. He was only one of two who hatched out of a batch of 18 mixed bantam eggs that were bought off of Ebay. The other chick didn't hatch out of its egg properly and died unfortunately. Its probably worth noting that this is my first attempt at trying to hatch chickens myself.

    Needless to say, I have a really lovely chick to show for it, but he won't stand on one of his feet. Its always up in the air when hes standing up, when he lies down you can see that he is slightly leaning.

    I've attached photos on here if anyone would be as kind as to tell me what could be wrong, and if it can be treated.

    thanks for reading.

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  2. the_mighty_quinn

    the_mighty_quinn New Egg

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    heres when he lies down.
     
  3. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it sounds dumb, but they only other time I saw this the Vet said it was avian gout. Itʻs caused by a build-up of uric acid from a congenital kidney defect. Unfortunately, it probably canʻt be cured and you might have to cull it.
     
  4. the_mighty_quinn

    the_mighty_quinn New Egg

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    Hmm doesn't sound good, what would be the cause for a congenital kidney?

    I got some better shots of the leg, looks like there is a sore there?

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  5. the_mighty_quinn

    the_mighty_quinn New Egg

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    ok, I just been to the vet to have its foot checked out. She said that its either dislocated or deformed, but judging by the fact the chick can't put any weight on its foot, its probably dislocated. They said that theres nothing that can be done, and it might have to be put down [​IMG] I find this quite upsetting, this chick was going to end up being a pet.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You can try putting a bandaid brace on the legs to bring them towards the natural position. However, since you did mention that it is your first time with a home made incubator, temperature fluctuations often do lead to leg development issues. My first attempt at incubation in a cardboard box resulted in 6 chicks, 3 with curled toes and bent out legs who had to be culled. I was 13 at the time so temp regulation was poor and the issue in my case at least. Sorry about the little guy. My guess is the sore is from rubbing against something when he moves around.
     

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