Splayed leg in baby chick???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bclark7679, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. bclark7679

    bclark7679 Chirping

    34
    1
    67
    Mar 27, 2014
    I have a three year old baby chick I got from my local feed store along with others. One of her legs seem to be limp like. Could it be splayed leg? I did the bandaid method but she is sitting on her hocks instead of standing. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,882
    25,961
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Do you mean 3 day old chick? It sounds like an injury from being stepped on or it could be a slipped tendon or leg bone deformity. Google chicken chairs and slings for pictures on how to make a device to get her upright, and in front of a little cup of food and water. Start some chick vitamins in her water or give Poultry Cell a few drops a day orally. it must contain riboflavin and NutriDrench does not. Pictures can help.
     
  3. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

    1,289
    1,795
    267
    Mar 22, 2016
    Sitting on their hocks can be a sign of general weakness or illness as they don't have the strength to stand. I would recommend vitamins, sugar water, hand feeding if necessary to make sure she gets enough energy. She might get stronger in time or it could be a more serious underlying problem.
     
  4. bclark7679

    bclark7679 Chirping

    34
    1
    67
    Mar 27, 2014
    Oops yes sorry three day old.
     
  5. Goose girl1

    Goose girl1 Chirping

    83
    87
    71
    Nov 1, 2017
    Canberra, Australia.
    If it is splayed you can look up ways to fix it, we found one with a rubber band and straw and it worked really well.
     
  6. bclark7679

    bclark7679 Chirping

    34
    1
    67
    Mar 27, 2014
    Y IMG_0030.JPG IMG_0031.JPG
    This is the baby chick.
     
  7. bclark7679

    bclark7679 Chirping

    34
    1
    67
    Mar 27, 2014
    I have her inside so I could watch her. She is eating and drinking.
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,882
    25,961
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    That can be a sign of riboflavin deficiency. The vitamins containing riboflavin or vitamin B 2 can be helpful.
     
  9. bclark7679

    bclark7679 Chirping

    34
    1
    67
    Mar 27, 2014
    Well she died this morning.
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,882
    25,961
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I am so sorry that you lost her. Many times chicks will suffer shipping stress, even from feed stores, and by the time they show signs, it may be too late to help them. I hope your other chicks do well.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: