should I take it back to the vet?? photo!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rachelm10, May 18, 2008.

  1. rachelm10

    rachelm10 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2008
    I took my chick with the splayed leg to the vet. The bill was $102.00 !!! He splinted the leg, and wants to see me again on Wed. The splint isn't even helping! His whole leg is turned backwards. I don't know what to do b/c I can't keep spending $$$ like this on one single chick! Do you think he can live fine with a screwed up leg?

    Last edited: May 19, 2008
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you can post a pic, that may be helpful. Some have spent way more on their birds so don't worry about being crazy.

    As for a splint... you could probably do it yourself for the cost of a band aid, some tape, and cardboard.

    How old is the chick? If it's young enough, it may be able to be fixed.
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    is it twisted or splayed ?
  4. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Songster

    Mar 28, 2008
    Yes, you are crazy. Big hearted, but crazy none the less. (You asked)

    We had 4 splayed from our last batch, one so bad it looked like it was doing
    a split. We saved 3 of the 4 by using the bandaid/tape method posted on
    this site. One had to be euthanized but had other issues as many splayed
    chicks do.

    I question the ethics of your vet. He/she deserves to make money but that
    is robbery.

    Use the search function for splayed and see

    have a few birds with messed up feet that do fine. Even with a twisted leg it may be ok.

    This is all heavy speculation without a picture.
    Last edited: May 18, 2008
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Of course you are not crazy.
    Hope your bird will be alright.
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Nope, not crazy in the're a compassionate person who wants the peep to have the best life it can.
  7. rachelm10

    rachelm10 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2008
    My husband finally helped me post a picture!! [​IMG]
  8. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Don't feel lonely, my wife paid $176 plus a $60 gas bill to see a vet.[​IMG] The vet took an x-ray found a screw the roo had swallowed, then told her to go home and have a nice chicken dinner, there was nothing he could do for the chicken.:thun GOD, we love our chickens.
  9. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Songster

    Mar 28, 2008
    Are the legs twisted around like it looks in that picture? If so
    the spraddle may be a secondary symptom. That tape looks
    very long too. Those legs need to be close together and in
    position for a few days.

    How old is that chick? Can it walk? Does it eat?
  10. rachelm10

    rachelm10 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2008
    The legs are twisted around, yes. The chick will be three weeks tomorrow (Tuesday). It eats and drinks fine. I really do not think the vet helped it at actually seems worse b/c its harder to get around now. Should I call the vet back, or fix it myself?

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