*PICS* Chick squatting with swollen knee joint and wings out?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BLaBauve, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    I have a 3-4 weeks old Cochin chick acting funny. It's squatting down low with it's wings held out. It's legs seem like they are bowed out??? It doesn't want to walk much but chirps and eats. Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    did he just start doing this? sounds like a leg problem and the wings are out for balance and support.
     
  3. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    He's always looked very wide, but i didn't notice it bothering him. I also noticed his knee joint looks red.
     
  4. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    He's the light colored chick in my avatar picture. He's always looked wide.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    OK, so this may sound dumb, but, could he be bearing down trying to poop? I mean, look back there...maybe he's constipated?
     
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    as he puts on weight his bad legs can't suport him as well... splayed leg, maybe? don't know a lot about it... solutions anyone?
     
  7. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks started doing it too, at first I thought wow a little young to be doing the egg squat aren't we? Then I realized mine were doing it because they were just hot. BUT mine were eating too, so I'll just go back to my own little world now. [​IMG]
     
  8. RM44

    RM44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, that was my thought too. It sure is hot here in GA lately. Could your chick just be overheated? Have you tried moving the chick into a cooler location and observing the behavior?
     
  9. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    I moved him to the garage this morning and he's still doing it hours later.
     
  10. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Ok here are some pictures. He has been the same the entire day. He is pooping - I'm not sure if he has been drinking though. His knees look red and swollen - almost like he is disfigured. Thoughts please!

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