Twisted leg! What can I do? PICS

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hotttmommi, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Hotttmommi

    Hotttmommi Songster

    It is 7 days old. Weak when hatched then got stronger was fine til yesterday. Now leg is stuck out funny. I can manipulate back to the right position. Tried using a shoe lace to hold it in correct position but the knee turns out side ways. Is there anything I can do other than cull. It is healthy otherwise eating, drinking, moving around, chirping, doing everything else normally.
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  2. Oh yes....you can
    Get electrolytes and vitamins in the waterer.
    Give it some boiled egg.
    Sometimes all it needs is a boost of vitamins to get it back up to speed.
    What kind of feed are you using?
    And let me look up a post from another poster if the leg starts to get to bad.
     
  3. WriterofWords

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    It can survive just fine with a twisted leg and live a long and happy life.
     
  4. Hotttmommi

    Hotttmommi Songster

    I dont want to cull it. It is too healthy otherwise. It is on Dumors starter 20%. I would do the bandaid thing but i am out of bandaids. I have two little boys so bandaids are a hot commodity around here sometimes. I will try to egg thing and ill get some pedialite this afternoon i gave it a lil sugar water. It seemed to like that
     
  5. Hotttmommi

    Hotttmommi Songster

    Thats what I am hoping. It will just be a special chicky. My son has named it Pipsqueak because it is so loud.
     
  6. okay found it. All of the below information was given to me by,
    Glenda L Heywood

    ORTHOPEDICS FOR POULTRY MADE EASY FOR BEGINNERS
    By D.C. Townsend

    These treatments have been tested and proven effective. I developed them for peafowl but they
    may be used for any poultry. The key to success is to begin treatment promptly. In some cases delay
    will kill or cripple the chick.

    CHICK SHOE
    Not Actual Size
    HALF SHOE
    Not Actual Size
    In the 1995 hatch, I had a number of peachicks with a kink in the outer toe of one or both feet.
    They were well past a week old when I decided that I must do something about it. I made HALF SHOES of black pipe cleaner. I tore off a quarter inch-wide stripe of duck tape several inches long and secured
    the HALF SHOE to the middle and the outer toe. Several days of treatment were needed. Some of the
    HALF SHOES came off and had to be taped on again, but all treated peachicks had straight toes at the
    end of the treatment. There is a young peacock that I missed treating. Now it is too late and he will
    always have a kink in his outer toe


    HOBBLE BRACE
    ACHILLES TENDON OUT OF THE GROOVE
    When the Achilles tendon slips out of the groove on the hock joint, a peachick will not be able to
    straighten its leg. The problem needs prompt attention because the struggling peachick will put
    its weight on the hock joint which will damage the skin and cause swelling in the joint. The tendon
    can be pushed back in place with just one finger or a very gentle squeeze between the thumb and index
    finger. Sometimes just one treatment will give a complete cure that seems like a miracle. Other
    times several treatments are needed. Stubborn cases require advanced treatment that is too difficult to
    explain here. I treated both legs of a peachick for two weeks; She grew up to be a healthy peahen.

    STRADDLE LEGS
    This problem can occur even if you take the precaution of having quarter inch hardware cloth
    under your peachicks. Sometimes it is caused by the struggles of a chick with its toes rolled into
    fists. In that case, both problems must be treated at the same time. I cut a piece of tape four or
    five inches long and from the HOBBLE BRACE with the legs far enough apart so that the peachick can walk. The tape must go the whole way around and cover its sticky side so that it does not stick to the
    peachick's fuzz when it sits down. Usually 24 hours of treatment is sufficient, but sometimes more is
    required. CHICK SHOES and the HOBBLE BRACE can be used at the same time.


    All mine needed was time and a vitamin boost. So, now there are two options for you.
    Good Luck!
     
  7. Don't use the pedalyte if you can get the other from the feed store or even pet store.
    It is not exactly formulated for birds. But will work for hydration in a pinch.
    What you need for the little one is bird vitamins and electrolytes. They have that in combination so you don't have to buy it separately.
     
  8. Hotttmommi

    Hotttmommi Songster

    Thanks everyone. I hope PipSqueak does ok. Ill try the electrolytes, and ill try to brace him up a lil better.
     
  9. Any updates yet?
     
  10. Hotttmommi

    Hotttmommi Songster

    So far he is still doing ok. He is still trying to move around and doing a pretty good job of it. Hopefully the electralytes wil help build him up and keep him strong. Thanks for the support and ill try to keep udating
     

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