Please Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lipkis, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Lipkis

    Lipkis In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    Okay, lemme start from the beginning, that's a good place to start.

    It all started sometime around the early spring when my mother and I were outside, enjoying our chickens. We watched our girls and then we heard an alien noise. At first we were rather frightened, it came from our neighbors yard.

    We had no clue what it was. We thought maybe, it was one of their children. They had small children and kids make weird noises. Anyway, over the next few weeks we heard this same noise and our friend was over when he proclaimed, "That's a rooster." A rooster?

    As far as we knew, our family and my aunt next door were the only members in our neighborhood with live stock. She with ducks, us with chickens. We peeked into the next yard and noticed something moving in one of the children's play houses. A rooster.

    A few weeks later, the rooster was gone. Now, not too long ago in the same yard we saw that our neighbors had chicks! We were shocked to say the least. At first, I was very angry they didn't seem to have adequate housing, but then again my mother and I spoil our girls to pieces, they get the best of everything!

    A couple of days ago they got a nice sized run, put some shade--a roof---on top and nice water and food for them. We were going to let it slide. But then we noticed that one of the chickens legs were splayed, rather badly! My aunt, who has always loved birds, took action. She had rehabilitated birds ever since I could remember and offered to my neighbors to take the bird.

    My neighbord agreed.

    So tonight, my aunt came in and these poor little babies terrible!

    One of them have legs splayed out to the poitn where they look like _____{chickens body}___ they're like on a 90 degree angle! The poor guy's toes are all in different directions. And the little two week old baby has one foot that curls beneath him and the other leg it's like it's knee is bent the wrong way. So the bottom of the foot if up.

    The poor things.

    We want to know if there's anything we can do. Any natural cures? Or are these poor things going to be doomed to be put to sleep?
  2. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    geez, I don't know, but I'll bump you up and see if someone can give you advice.
  3. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    I know there are posts on here to help with splayed leg I am sorry I can't help you with that.

    My advice would be to educate those people as fast as you can. It sounds to me like they would take advice seeing how fast they took your help with the chicks when you explained that something was wrong. Good luck with the splayed legs I know it involves bandaids or something.
  4. Lipkis

    Lipkis In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    Thank you for bumping!

    They just..I don't think they take care of them well. And they have their dogs running around all the timne, outside most of the time. >.<; And it makes me so angry.
  5. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    Actually to me.. The splayed legs could come from a number of things.. people help them with different types of straps between the legs to hold them in the propper position until the heal up. But the rest sound like they could be incubating injuries. To much heat and not enough humidity makes the toes curl and the legs to draw up. Maybe they actually took good care of them to get them this far along.
  6. Lipkis

    Lipkis In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    You think so?

    They said it had something to do with nutrition possibly?
  7. dhunicorn is the person to PM about this. She has great answers.
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Hey, Lipkis- Don't dis your neighbors, they're having some bad luck. Lots of folks have chick problems. The curled foot -- and maybe the splay leg, too are thought to be related to nutritional deficiencies passed hen to chick, specificly Vit. B-2. . . treatments are given for both here on BYC.
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I just had to put down a 3 week old chick with leg & foot issues, It was an RIR, and hatched along with 5 BR's that are perfect.

    I tried working with the chick but nothing helped and she couldn't get around well at all.

    I wish you luck with rehabilitation, it can work, just doesn't work everytime.
  10. Lipkis

    Lipkis In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    I'm not totally dissing them, I just. I don't think it's a good enviornment for them. They have way too many, not a big enough enclosure, and their dogs are all over the yard so they can't leave it. Which bothers me.

    We just feel bad for the ones that they're allowing my aunt to care for.

    They have so many. And as much as I hate to admit it, when there are too many chickens, the place starts to smell. I'm also afraid that people might start to complain and then make us get rid of our three chickens.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2008

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