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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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?

    Help!!
     
    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

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    is it twisted or splayed ?
     
  4. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=20205


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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    Of course you are not crazy.
    Hope your bird will be alright.
    JJ
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

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

    rachelm10 Out Of The Brooder

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

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    Chickenshadow,
    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 all...it actually seems worse b/c its harder to get around now. Should I call the vet back, or fix it myself?
    Thanks!
     

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