Unhappy Chick, Help PLEASE!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenarmy, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. chickenarmy

    chickenarmy Out Of The Brooder

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    Our chick has a deformed joint in its leg and it goes outwards a bit instead of forwards.
    Today it was trying really hard to walk with one leg and cheeping its poor head off. It fell into the waterer,
    and since it can't stand up it gets trampled a lot by the other chicks. [except our little tiny one]
    If I take him out he gets awfully lonesome. I'm not sure what to do, any help would be great!
     
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  2. tamberlin

    tamberlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check the forums for Spraddleleg or spraddle foot? - I think you can make a splint with a bandaid and fix this problem.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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  4. chickenarmy

    chickenarmy Out Of The Brooder

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    The knee joint is going outward a little. I just want the poor thing to be happy.
     
  5. chickenarmy

    chickenarmy Out Of The Brooder

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    P.S. I forgot to add it was born this way, it's only a few days old.
     
  6. chickenarmy

    chickenarmy Out Of The Brooder

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    OH!!!!!!! I just checked on the poor bird. He's wet and sad.[​IMG] Oh, it makes me sad to see the other chicks
    walk all over him. Has this happened to anyone else before? I don't think I want to do anything to its leg,
    but I just want to know what I can do to make the poor thing a little happier.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, I've had it happen and it did not have a happy ending. See here, maybe it will help you with your decision.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/624005/2-major-issues/0_50

    To keep it from getting trampled, you can put it in a kleenex box with the top cut off and a paper towel in the bottom. Then it can hear the others in the brooder, but not get trampled. You need to give it food/water if you go this route though.

    Good luck. [​IMG]
     
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