sick , or hurt chick ????? please help i dont know what to do !

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pefferlawchicken, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so i have a 3 day old chick and he is not walking , he uses one leg on the floor and drags one behinde him to push , hes drinking lost and eating brown bread (the only stuff he will eat ) and it seems his head holds his body down from walking , so what do you think i should do , everybody says karo syrup , but i went to the store today and they didnt have it , we have corn syrup tho will that work anyways please help , if pics or video would be better just say so [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    A pic would help. Sounds like it could be spraddle leg.
     
  3. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok im getting one now
     
  4. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so what do you think , the leg pushed out she uses to push her self around
     
  5. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BUMP!
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    ooh the poor baby! i think its spraddle leg also... [​IMG]
     
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    That looks serious. I'm sorry that I cannot provide better information, but I would ask a mod to move this to the Emergencies section if I were you.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Might try to treat as "splayed legs". Search will find info on it. However, it may be a cull canidate, as there may be a developmental muscle issue preventing the feet to be held in the right orientation. Sorry.
     
  9. chickfluff

    chickfluff Out Of The Brooder

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    what type of bedding are you using? If it is slick or newspaper, that could be the cause. Use something like paper towels, what I use, or wood chips. Oh, and research the wood chips because I know that some are poisonous to chicks. I think I've heard of people using a tie thingie to hold their legs together for splayed leg. I'm a beginner to chickens, totally going on research I have done, so please don't just take my word for it. Look up splayed leg on google.

    hope this helps, at least a tiny bit!

    And I hope your chickie feels better![​IMG]
     
  10. finallychickens

    finallychickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I had one hatch 10 days ago that was identical to this...the leg extended straight out behind. I tried the spraddle leg treatment for a few days and it did not help. The chick was eating its medicated starter and drinking well. It also seemed feisty and had a will to live so I gave it a chance. On Friday, believe it or not, the chick pulled the leg forward and started to walk on it. Also, now, when it sleeps, the leg is tucked under normally and not sticking out. I call this one my little Easter miracle. My advice is just give it a little time and it may correct on its own. Good luck. Diane
     

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