Spraddles? Injured Chick Leg, Update 4/9/09

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jywel417, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. jywel417

    jywel417 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I recently was given a baby chick that came from the hatchery with a bum leg. She (supposedly buff orpingon pullet acc to hatchery) wants to hold her right leg straight out all the time and while the leg is easily manipulated she doesn't move it much. I work at a vet so we took an xray and it appears that perhaps she has some kind of birth defect causing the ball and socket joint of the hip to be too shallow to correctly house the hip. When one of my drs popped her hip back into place it immediately came right back out of its correct location. Perhaps I am too much of a softie but I want to give her a chance. She is bright, alert, eating and drinking, the other 4 orpingtons seem to watch over her, those 5 out and the 3 older sexlinks out tongiht cleaning their beds where i could watch them all and the orpingtons all kept themselves busy near her where as before i brought her home they played more with the sex links, it was almost as if they were forming a protective base for her. I guess my questions would be, has anyone had any similar experiences to this? Would attempting to treat it like spraddles be worth a try, and last case treatment, if we amputated can chickens do well on one leg? Or would that just be more cruel. I swear I am not normally this easily attached to all animals but something about this one making it this long and seeming to WANT to live I would like to give her that chance. I will post a picture of her laying down and will try to get a picture of her standing tomorrow.


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    Thank you for any advice/opinions in advance ! I will keep checking here and post progress here for anyone who is curious and/or lent me advice. I also am going to call and talk to the family that gave her to me (they got her out of the hatchery box and her leg was already injured) and let them know what is going on and what my plan of action is gonna be when i get one. I know they formed an attachment to this little girl as well and would like to know how she is doing. Now that i've deemed her a girl she will turn out to be one of those sneaky roosters that get in the all pullet packs [​IMG]
     
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  2. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    If she gets around I would give her a chance
     
  3. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    I agree if she's getting around on it and you're comfortable with a special needs bird give her a chance. I wouldn't amputate as I think it would be harder for her and I don't know if she would survive post surgery.
     
  4. jywel417

    jywel417 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just thought I would give a quick update on my chick with the messed up leg. Even tho she is quite a bit older than day old chicks who have spraddles I did try bracing her legs just in case. It did help her stand up a little but not a whole lot. Overall tho she is doing very very well. She gets around perhaps a little better than she did, eats, drinks, and is very active! She is a bit spoiled at this point seeing as I have held her quite a bit, she likes to sit in my lap and anything I eat she believes she needs to eat as well. When I got home tonight she had managed to get her entire left wing covered in poop . . . . so stinky lil orpington had her first warm bath and enjoyed the hair dryer afterwards. I am very happy with how well she is doing, even my doberman who was terrified of the chicks at first now bathes all the babies because she decided this one was broken and needed mothering and realized that the chicks weren't evil afterall ! Thanks again to everyone for the help!!! i'm about to go put my little girl in her bed for the night so I can also go to bed !!
     
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  5. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    I'm so happy to see she's doing well. Sounds like you made the right choice in keeping her.
     
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
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    Happy to hear the good news!
     
  7. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My understanding of spraddle leg is that both legs splay out to the sides, thus making it hard for the chick to stand.
    Looks to me like there might be something else going on. How is the little critter this morning?
     
  8. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoops - that 's what I get for reading a post without glasses and caffeine. Lucky you for xray vet access!
     

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