Slipped Tendon in 4 Day Old Chick...Any Hope?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by speckledhen, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    joletabey just left here with 16 Del chicks and 1 Orp, but before she arrived, possibly sometime overnight, one of the Del chicks developed a slipped tendon (not spraddle leg) this morning or last night, so we kept it, and Tom is trying to see if he can splint it before we decide we have to cull it. Only had one slipped tendon in a chick before, a BR cockerel about 3 weeks old, and we culled it. Not sure if there is any way for this one to be fixed. The joint at the top of the leg just pops forward and seems painful. Poor little thing would have been knocked flat by the rambunctious Dels. Tom cut a drinking straw and wrapped it around the leg, including the joint, and taped it to see if it's held in place for awhile, if it will fix itself or become stronger. Could be just a freak congenital defect. Can't be a vitamin deficiency since the chicks get vitamins in their water, alternating with ACV and fresh with each change. So, I have a lonely chirping baby still here.

    We will probably have to cull, but wanted to ask if anyone had ever fixed a slipped tendon in a chick this age before.
  2. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    Live Oak, FL
    Never had one with a slipped tendon, I wonder if a joint supplement would help. keeping it from moving would let it heal.
    good luck
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    If anyone can do it - you can! [​IMG]
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Good luck, hope it works.
  5. kittyacid

    kittyacid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Clayton, NC
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Aw, I just lost my Violet this year to internal laying/infection. Glad yours made it!! I'll go check out your thread now.
    Just read the thread and I appreciate your input!Thank you so much! We'll try the vetwrap. Still, here I am with one lone chick again. Was looking forward to having my DR table back to quilt on. [​IMG] Well, if I can fix the leg, maybe I can find her a home with a BYCer.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    We did the vetwrap this afternoon, but tonight when we checked, the foot is very swollen at the ankle area, even though we didn't have it on tight. We removed the vetwrap. Poor little thing. Have to keep on trying.
  8. chickygirl2

    chickygirl2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    upper marlboro. md
    Now , this is going to sound strange, I know. I have had a few over the last few years with this condition. Up until the last one, I could never help them. The last time, I tried something different and it worked. I wrapped the chick in vet wrap from the waist down and stood it "straight" up in a container. - kind like they were a little mummy, if you know what I mean. After a couple days of this , the leg seemed to slip into the proper position. I hope you an help the little guy : )
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's interesting. We have a bandaid wrapped around its leg right now. The joint is red and swollen, we noticed when we put on this new bandage. Sure hope it helps. This chick is so personable and just sings and chatters all the time. It loves being in my DH's shirt pocket, LOL.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    How did the chick turn out?

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