New chicks- One in need of help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kaleigher, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. kaleigher

    kaleigher Hatching

    Apr 23, 2010
    Hi everyone!

    I've been lurking on these boards for several months now trying to prepare for the arrival of my flock. They came today, six total- one Australorp, one Easter Egger, one Barred Rock, and three bantam Buff Brahmas. My husband received the babies and upon opening their box thought one of the banties was dead. However, we quickly discovered that he is very much alive but is unable to stand up. He keeps one of his legs underneath him and the other out. The leg he keeps underneath him seems to be turned in an odd direction when compared to the other leg. He doesn't seem to like us handling the leg very much so I wonder if he's in pain. Like I said, he can't stand so he can't walk. He is able to scoot around but I know this must be exhausting. I'm trying to make sure he stays hydrated and has access to food and water, but I'm not sure what else to do [​IMG]. Is it possible that splinting or hobbling his legs might help? I read that as a treatment for splay-legs, which I don't think is the problem, but I defer to the experience of the others here on these boards. . . I've prepared myself for the possibility that having him put to sleep might end up being the most humane decision (we have a close personal friend who is a verterinarian who specializes in "exotics"). Any thoughts, input, etc. are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

  2. pkw

    pkw Songster

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    If you believe in your heart that your chicks quality of life is not going to be any better than what it is then please don't let it have to go thru life as a cripple. Especially if he seems like he is in pain then it is time for you to say goodbye to this little chick.
  3. Tradeshows

    Tradeshows In the Brooder

    May 19, 2010
    we have a bantam(at least we think we do.)We thought his leg was turned it turned out all our chicks were like that at first, but only time will tell. I really hope it gets better. _
  4. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    Hello. Without a picture it is hard to tell but if you search here for spraddle leg and splinting those topics sound like they could help him and you. Good Luck.
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I think he or she can live fine with one leg, IF it can get around ok and IF it's not in pain.

    I have a one legger now, she got her leg pinned and broke the bone clear in half....which I'm sure must have hurt, but after the initial pain she never let it bother her. I was ready to put her down immediately after the injury, but she took off running away on one leg and I thought If she can get around THAT good then she has a home with us!
    Less than a week later she was roosting on top of her waterer and trying her darndest to act like a normal chicken her age [​IMG]

    However I had a chick in the same brooder group, that when she was a couple of days old she quit walking, and started dragging her legs, especially one of them. I thought she wasn't eating well, so maybe a nutitional thing, so I nursed her a while with special foods, and fed her poly vi sol, but when she didn't improve I had to put her down. It was hard, but I could tell that it was time.

    Give it a few days, and you'll know what you need to do.
  6. kaleigher

    kaleigher Hatching

    Apr 23, 2010
    Hi everyone! Thanks so much for the responses! After doing a bit more research and looking at some more pictures, I feel fairly certain that we are dealing with a slipped tendon. I made a chick chair and he/she is doing pretty well in that. I'm doing the stretching thing with his leg and I am hoping that we will be able to see some results in a few days. I'll post updates!

    Thanks again!

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