Raising a gimp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mandelyn, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    1 of the 4 babies has splay leg on one leg. I tried to fix it with the bandaid method, no dice. All that did was pull the good leg under the chick closer to the other leg, no affect on the bad leg.

    But now, on day 4, this little chick can get around, eat and drink, and stand on one leg and do a sort of scoot method of getting around. We've named it Kick Stand since it's made itself known as a survivor. Earns a name in my book. She (looks female to me) flits around like the others and acts perfectly fine.

    I'm going to call around to some bird vets to see if anyone can do anything better for her. I'm unsure on her long term abilities. I've never had a chick like this... never splay leg in just one limb. Out of large hatches of like 40 eggs, there's usually one and it didn't make it. Never seen it in a small batch like this.

    But little Kick Stand seems to have a will to live, so I'll do what I can for her.
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    that is great- give her her chance- often they don't know they have a problem- i have a young guinea like that- so he and his buddy are inside guineas, being raised like you would a parrot- only both of his legs are bad, so he is named scooter- love the 'kickstand' name!
  3. WYOwhy

    WYOwhy Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    My Io is a little gimpy - see her club foot in my avatar. Not a splayed leg, but still a slight gimp. She's now about 6 weeks old and doing well. She prefers a wider roost but is otherwise I've not needed to make any major accommodations. I hope your Kickstand will continue to thrive. Good luck to you!
  4. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    Well I called the bird vet that had been recommended to me, and they'll see her next week. Which was surprising... I was expecting "No chickens treated here... just parrots". I wonder if they'll be able to do anything?
  5. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    By Lake Superior
  6. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Worcester Township
    I have a gimp too, we call her hop along [​IMG]
    She is now almost 4 months old.
    Yes she is smaller than her hatch mates BUT she eats drinks poops and gets around just fine!
    I tried all the fixes, even made her a cast out of vet wrap and Popsicle sticks. No luck still splayed.
    But shes still kicking and no one picks on her so she will live out her days here [​IMG]
  7. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    it really depends on how old they are, my scooter was about 3 weeks old when i found him at the feed store, the worst leg had already set backwards, the only thing i can figure is he got it twisted in the wire and wrenched himself free- the feedstore gave him to me cuz they figured they couldn't sell him, i tried a few different things, but since he was older there wasn't much i could do short of surgery- so he lives in the house with his friend flash- i hope your little one is able to be helped- most animals don't know they are 'special needs'
  8. ChickyD

    ChickyD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2010
    I got this adorable little frizzle chick for free because it has an injury to it's leg. Do you think this is genetic or an injury?Do you think the little guy/gal will be alright? My first time having a chick with this problem but I couldn't just leave it with the bigger chicks trampling him/her:( Here are a few pictures .
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  9. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

    Sep 24, 2010
    I had a gimp a few years ago. Her name was Gimpy. she got stuck to the membrane while she hatched and sislocated her leg as she ratated in the egg. One of her legs stuck straight out. She was the tamest chicken ever and would follow me around everywhere. She was a seabright and hing out with her little OEG friend. She had to be raised in her own sebarate brooder with a carpet in the bottom, so she could get enough grip to walk. She passed away when a large plywood sheet fell on her. she was a very excellant friend and I miss her dearly.

    That looks like curled toe paralasis or curly toe to me. This can lead to a splayed leg. It could also be due to an injury. Sometimes when a leg is injured like that it can cause the toes to curl in order to compensate. Also could have been a protien deficiency.

    If the chick is moving around fine i would say she will due alright. She may need special care and accomidations. That is exacly how Gimpy looked.

    Is she able to walk at least a little bit? And is she eating, drinking, ect.?
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    I Have fixed chicks like that.

    take 3 zip ties(wire ties) place one on each leg ,3rd one to hold the two together. like 3 rings hooked together

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