one legged chic


In the Brooder
8 Years
Dec 21, 2011
Preston Oklahoma
Okay well it has two but one of them has a big knot on its right ankle and the leg is not usable (unless she's just beggin for attention). She cant straighten it or stand on it. She carries it in fromt of her and its twisted towards the outside. Does anyone know what the cause and cure is or do I just leave it alone? Any help is appreciated. She is 2 weeks old.
Does your chick look like this? If so then things are not good. I tried to save this chick but a while later I had to put her down. She was able to hobble around for a while but eventually could not. Sorry if the pictures are upsetting. I loved this girl and tried everything I could. The bandaid and all. I don't think this is splaid legs. I'm so sorry for you and your chick.
Stuck-I didn't notice it until about three days after we got them home and I was treating her for pasty bottom. She came out of hand to the brooder floor and thats when I noticed it. I was thinking I might have caused it. Her growth weight is lower than her brooder buddies but I think thats understandable.

Macdoogle2:it looks similar to your chicken but instead of sticking to the side of her, it sticks out front, with a roll outward of her foot.

My feed supplier said he had one that did that once and she was his best layer ever. I don't know, we've grown so attached to her I find it hard to cull her, but also if she's hurting I don't want that either.

Any more suggestions?
I had one hatch like the pictured chick. I tried to fix it from day one, she lived to about 2 weeks, very little growth and then passed. I would put the chick down. Also had a full grown roo get a bum leg, he hopped on one leg fine for a few weeks, but suddenly went down hill and had to be put down, too.
OHhh Boy. Guess I better do this then. This is a horrible feeling. Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid outdoorsman. But thats by my choice. This is different. Thanks everyone.
OHhh Boy. Guess I better do this then. This is a horrible feeling. Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid outdoorsman. But thats by my choice. This is different. Thanks everyone.

I understand. I hunt and fish, eating what is harvested. There is just something so unpleasant about dispatching a fluffy chick or other bird you have raised. Search here for some humane methods.
I'm working with a chick like this right now. My neighbor brought him to me at one day old; he was the sole survivor out of a bad incubator hatch. The chick's problem was an open navel and septicemia: an infection had gotten into his bloodstream before it hatched, and settled in the hock and foot of his right leg. He was in a really bad way for a while, but neither he nor I wanted to call it quits. After a month on antibiotics we finally drove the infection into hiding, but that's all it is: in hiding. At some point it's going to flare up again and it'll probably be fatal when it does. That said, the last time I had a septicemic bird (a four-month-old rooster), we got him past the primary infection and he lived for two years before dying suddenly. In the meantime, he lived fairly well, particularly considering that he should have died from his wounds. (A hawk grabbed him and really did a number on his legs and chest.)

When feeding this chick, we stumbled onto an unexpected health aid purely through dumb luck. I wanted to get some good nutrition into him (got to be a him, with that comb), so I added a little mashed-up hard-boiled egg to his chick starter. He ate it like it was going out of style, even when he was too sick to stand up. I figured that a craving like that had to be significant, and kept on supplying a little egg every day. After a few weeks, with the chick Not Dead Yet, I started to wonder. I did some research and discovered that in septicemic chicks, survival is improved on diets that are higher in protein, vitamin E, and vitamin A. Hmm. Sounds like eggs to me.

The little squirt is sitting on my lap right now, snoozing in a towel. He hatched on Thanksgiving, so he's a little over six weeks old. His feathering is free of stress marks now and the diarrhea has long since cleared up. The hock is hopelessly dislocated from all the inflammation, but no longer swollen. He hops around on his good leg with the bad one stuck wildly out to the side; it's pretty poor mobility, and we'll just have to see if his constant efforts to counterbalance damage his remaining leg or not. We've kept him indoors, and he'll never go out with the rest of the flock because they'd probably attack him. But he's imprinted as all heck, so he hardly minds that.

So there are some things that can be tried for your chick, although to be honest the best you can gain is definitely going to be a compromised bird. That said, I have built a wheelchair for a crippled rooster before, and I have to admit I'd do it again.
I'm a little nuts when it comes to chickens.
I'd like to see pictures of THAT

OK--here's Hoppy!

Poor fellow is RIP now, sadly. We lost him last September--his heart gave out suddenly, no doubt due to damage from his septicemia two years ago. But he was one heck of a guy! He took what life had handed him and made the most of it. You should have seen the way he would get a flapping start and send that cart rocketing down the walk. The Fed-Ex carrier nearly got a hernia from laughing.

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