Two week old with turned left leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by themiller_7, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. themiller_7

    themiller_7 New Egg

    Aug 18, 2008
    When the chicks were out today, I noticed one of them is not getting around like it was. When looking at the chick - his right foot is forward and the toes are starting to turn out - the left leg is back and turns inward. When he tries to walk he walks on his toes and doesn't really get anywhere. And really he doesn't try to walk.

    This website has really helped me out with spraddle leg and other tidbits I've been reading about. But I wasn't able to find anything to help in this matter. Any information in helping our chick would be appreciated!

    Hatcher of 39 chickens in three incubations throughout the summer!
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Could it be spraddle leg? That is a disorder that chicks get when their bedding is too wet and slippery to support them, and their still-forming leg bones and cartilage get bent out of wack. Is your bedding slippery (newspaper, cement) when wet? If so, change it ASAP, because SL is incurable. You could try to splint it a little with a popsicle stick and some masking tape. If it's not the bedding, it could be a calcium deficiency. Provide milk or ground oyster shells.

    Best of luck and welcome to BYC!
  3. themiller_7

    themiller_7 New Egg

    Aug 18, 2008
    We've had spraddle leg before and used the bandaid suggestion and it was cured in 2 days. This situation isn't like that though, the legs are not spraddled, they come down straight from the body, one leg seems literally turned in- for a lack of better description imagine a barbie doll leg put on but with it turned in 45 degrees. We use old towels in the bottom of our brooder so it is never slick.

  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    could be slipped tendon..
    give Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins..2 drops a day on beak for a week or so tapering off for a week..

    and try this web site..


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