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Newborn chick with 'weak' foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Six Chickies, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Six Chickies

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    Hey everyone, my broody hatched 2 eggs on Sept 4&5. The second chick had pipped by the evening of the 4th, but had not hatched by the afternoon of the 5th, so I helped hatch him - he was very dried out (stuck to the membrane)! It took him 2 days to fluff up! Now that he is 4 days old, momma is teaching him to peck and drink, and I noticed he can't exactly walk on his left leg. I picked him up and his toes were lying flat together so his foot made a single point. When I put him down, he couldn't straighten his toes, and momma's starting to ignore him, so I'm going to make a boot. Why materials should I use? I will be using band-aids, but what do I use for the 'sole' of the boot? Can it harm him if his leg is 'shorter' all the time depending on the thickness of the 'sole'?
    Any suggestions are appreciated!! :)
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    I'm sorry that we didn't see this post earlier. Google poultrypedia podiatry and click on the link to a very good site for foot and leg problems, and how to solve them. It has tips on vitamins which are important with toe problems. Your chick may have a slipped tendon, but you will find out when you visit the site.
     
  3. Six Chickies

    Six Chickies Chirping

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    Thank you! I will do that today!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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  5. Six Chickies

    Six Chickies Chirping

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    Egret is walking!!! :D the one day when we were trying to slip the tendon back in place, when we put her on the ground, she took a couple steps on her foot, and fell. Now, 5 days later, she is walking almost normally with both feet! I'm so happy that she has a better chance!

    I even saw her run! :)
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    Great news!
     
  7. Six Chickies

    Six Chickies Chirping

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    Egret passed away on Sunday... I'm not sure whether it was that his mother abandoned him or that he just died, but I think something was wrong internally - one wing had long feathers and the other had barely grown. But I know the treatment worked because he was walking. :(
     

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