Poor Cuckoo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tatianna, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. Tatianna

    Tatianna Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,
    I am hoping someone could give me some good ideas.
    I have a golden cuckoo who is about 4 weeks old and was born with one foot turned out, like a splayed leg. I tried to bind it and attached to her other leg, but she refused to walk at all after that.
    Now her other leg is turning out. If I take her to the vet will they be able to help her or is it too late?
    Thanks
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Unfortunately she may have a leg bone deformity called varus-valgus deformity or VVD. Tibial dyschondroplasia (TD) is another common one, as well as slipped tendon. Leg bone deformities progress with age, and the hock tendons are usually damaged or rupture. Treat her with a good poultry vitamin and mineral supplement in case it could be that, plus it could help to slow damage. There are many different deformities, so here is a link that show some of them, but you will need to click on each page in the link to enlarge the pictures:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1790586/
    https://aaap.memberclicks.net/assets/musculoskeletal preview.pdf

    Here are some good vitamin/mineral supplements:
    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=01b93263-21a4-4f4a-ba84-8433ac093628
    http://www.strombergschickens.com/product/vionate-2-pounds/Poultry-Vitamins-Supplements
    http://www.provitalhealth.com/pro-vital-poultry-econo-vital-poultry-vitamins-minerals-probiotics/
    http://www.strombergschickens.com/product/avia-charge-1-pound/Poultry-Vitamins-Supplements
     
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  3. Tatianna

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    Thank you so much for the information. Is there any chance if I separate her and give her the vitamin therapy that she will improve?
    Thanks
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Many people do try to treat and let them live as long as possible, and some do well even with a handicap. A slipped tendon sometimes can be helped, but not often. Isolation would be tough though on a single chicken. The vitamins would be good for all of the chicks, and unless she is getting picked on I would leave her with the others. She also could be separated in a cage , but near the others to feel like part of the group. These leg problems are pretty tough to handle, not knowing whether to put them down, or give them a chance. There is nothing wrong with trying to help her. Good luck. Here is one more link that has some information about treating slipped tendon: https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     

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