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question on smaller chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texascorgi, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my birds was injured when we got him. It has a swollen joint and walks with a pretty bad limp. It is smaller than the rest. Will it catch up or stay smaller than the rest?

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  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you tell if the joint is out of the socket or broken ? You might be able to splint it to give it some time to heal and keep the weight off the foot.

    It is hard to tell if the chick will catch up with the rest. Just watch it to make sure that it is drinking and eating. Only time will tell.
     
  3. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have tried to straighten it out like the normal leg does and you can't straighten it out. How would I splint it and in what position?
     
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is hard to see the problem in the picture you posted, plus that is one fluffy footed chick. Could you take another picture of just the joint ?
     
  5. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I will take one tonight when I catch them to put them up in the garage for the night
     
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  6. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normal joint (left) vs swollen joint (right)
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    Here is the swollen joint
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    It keeps its foot out to the side or when laying down out front.
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    I will post a video in another post of how it walks.
     
  7. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  8. texascorgi

    texascorgi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just bringing it back to the top
     
  9. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor little one!!!
    He's sure got a good limp there. I honestly don't know much about chicken medication since i'm only a people nurse. [​IMG]
    I'd say give it some time and allow the swelling to go down. Is there a avian vet you can take him to?
    Perhaps a splint would be good. If nothing else, it might keep him off of it for a day or so to see about getting the swelling down.
    I really wish I could be of more help. [​IMG]
     
  10. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The way it is swollen, it might be broken or dislocated. I agree with mandolinmama to have it checked out or see if it will go down on it's own.

    Here is some information from a peacock group about orthopedics. Perhaps your chick has a tendon out of joint ??? http://www.peafowl.org/ARTICLES/1/

    You said it was like this when you got it. How long have you had the chick ?
     

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