Splayed leg or slipped tendon? Lost cause?

Momma Goosey

In the Brooder
Sep 18, 2016
5
2
44
Texas
Hi everyone! I saved these baby chicks from euthanization however, I have no idea how to help them. Nugget and Peaches have taken over my life! I'd do anything for them. I live in South Texas and we have no chicken vets in my area... I need to know how to fix or provide therapy for these babies. I really want them to have a good life. I plan on keeping them separate from other chickens until/if they get better. The grey chick completely hoddles are or backs up quickly while flapping wings and the brown chick just hops around happy as can be.
 

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Eggcessive

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I am sorry about your 2 chicks. Were they hatched with leg problems? Hatching problems with humidity fluctuations are common. It is hard to know what exactly their problems are. If it is leg bone deformities such as varus, valgus, or twisted tibia, those cannot be fixed. Slipped tendons seldom are fixed. Vitamin or mineral deficiencies can be tough to treat as well. Here are some links to read about what different problems look like:
https://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/leg-health-in-large-broilers

https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poul...ctious-skeletal-disorders-in-poultry-broilers

https://www.researchgate.net/public..._of_the_Intertarsal_Joint_in_Broiler_Chickens
 

Momma Goosey

In the Brooder
Sep 18, 2016
5
2
44
Texas
I am sorry about your 2 chicks. Were they hatched with leg problems? Hatching problems with humidity fluctuations are common. It is hard to know what exactly their problems are. If it is leg bone deformities such as varus, valgus, or twisted tibia, those cannot be fixed. Slipped tendons seldom are fixed. Vitamin or mineral deficiencies can be tough to treat as well. Here are some links to read about what different problems look like:
https://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/leg-health-in-large-broilers

https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poul...ctious-skeletal-disorders-in-poultry-broilers

https://www.researchgate.net/public..._of_the_Intertarsal_Joint_in_Broiler_Chickens
The lady gave me little to no information about the chicks. She just told me if I didn't take them she would euthanize them both and I couldn't bear the thought of that. I've read so many articles and watched so many videos. The babies seem so fragile I'm scared to hurt them.
 

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Unfortunately if the chicks cannot get around on their own to get food and water, putting them down may be the best for them. Some chicks can get around with one gimpy leg, but not always.
 

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