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Twisted tibia

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by thndrdancr, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, Answer's tendon seems to be staying in place but now he has a twisted tibia.

    Any thoughts, fixable or should I stop trying???
     
  2. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017 Premium Member

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    How old is he and can we see a picture?
     
  3. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 month old male in. He is the one that had the slipped tendon.

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  4. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017 Premium Member

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    Well, 4 months is pretty old. I treated this successfully in several chicks, but they were only about a month old when we started. We placed a piece of foam padding between the hocks so they didn't rub together and cause sores then we used first aid tape or vet wrap to wrap the legs together. We did this for 12 hours (overnight) every night for 4 weeks. It was a very slow process and it was 3 weeks until we could say for sure that there was improvement. The younger they are the better the prognosis, at 4 months you could try it, but I'm not too optimistic. Sorry, I know you have been trying everything to save this guy. [​IMG]
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  5. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I had read your thread and that's what I was doing, only had him staying in during the day as well. Yours is the only post I have seen where you had success.

    So maybe bring him back in and tape some more?

    Or just try nights? Yea he is a lil big to have in, he wants to roost up high even with his legs taped but he has gotten pretty tame this last week.
     
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  6. DylansMom

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    I am the type who doesn't like to give up, and if it was me I probably would. I just don't want you to get your hopes too high The person who told me how to do the taping said the age makes a huge difference, the older they get the less flexible the bones and cartilage become, therefore it gets harder to correct problems with what amounts to "traction". I was taping 5 chicks with varying degrees of twisting, all were successfully corrected, but the oldest was 5 weeks when we started. We experimented and honed our technique, you can kind of compare and see how the leg "should" be, getting it taped into a correct position is vital. The affected hock is often up against the good hock, we started cutting the foam pad into a wedge that was much wider at the hock and tapered to a point at the ankles, this forced the hocks apart while they were taped. We did this religiously every night, my son was my assistant and I couldn't have done it alone.
     
  7. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't like to give up either, I hate to think I caused it though. He has been a good little trooper, and I think he now thinks he should be in the house (notice him at the door begging) [​IMG]
     
  8. q8peafowl

    q8peafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have tried DyalnsMom way this season with 4 of my chicks and it worked well with two of them, the other two didn't get better basically because they were older i think, they were maybe around 3 months old. After having this, i started to feed my chicks 18% protein feed starting from the third week and didn't have any leg problem after that. I feed them 26% protein feed for their first two weeks.
     
  9. Trefoil

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    Don't give up now. The twisted tibia is probably the result of the slipped tendon .
     
  10. DylansMom

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    Agreed, I also think this is probably a result of the perosis, as opposed to high protein, or a deficiency of some sort. Either way though, the taping is the only treatment I've ever come across.
     

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