Problem With 3 Day Old Chick's Leg

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sunnyducks, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello. I'd be grateful for some advice if possible, please.. 2 chicks hatched on Sunday, this one has a problem with his right leg. It seems to be rotated somehow at the knee joint. It will straighten out, but not in line - it's twisted and he can't walk on it. He walks on his hock on that side.[​IMG]


    I'm worried that there is only one thing to be done with him, which I hate to even think about, so I'm asking if anyone has any thoughts. Best wishes and thank you in ad
     
  2. redsoxs

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  3. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi @redsoxs Thank you for giving me that link. I'm honestly not sure what it is - I've had budgerigars with splayed legs, but this doesn't quite seem like that, but - who am I to guess, I have no idea about chicks, and I know all you guys on here are very experienced, so I have to try, don't I. I'm about to leave for town to get baby vitamins and some kind of sticking plaster/wrap that I can use, and I just have to try.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm not too experienced with leg problems but it could be slipped tendon or a leg bone deformity called Varus-Valgus deformity.

    I do know that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is important for legs, so if your poultry vitamin or baby vitamin doesn't have that, then you can crush up a human B-Complex vitamin (no iron) and put it in her food.

    Here's some links you may find helpful:
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1051/leg-health-in-large-broilers/
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...chick-anyone-ever-try-to-fix-this-experiences
     
  5. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Wyorp Rock Thank you for the advice and all the links. I've learnt a lot from you and the kind people who helped me. I couldn't actually feel a problem with the tendon, but his hock joint had a hard bony lump on the back of it and it was all becoming inflamed. I wrapped it, started it on vitamins, but sad to say, nature took its course, the chick seems not to have managed to get itself up to the food - there were only the two of them in the brooder so not pushed out - but the crop felt absolutely empty when it passed away. I am sad, not sure if it was something I could have fixed, but the poor little mite is not suffering anymore.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Awww...I'm sorry to hear this [​IMG]
     

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