Updates on chicks with slipped achilles / spraddle leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by StickyChicky, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. StickyChicky

    StickyChicky Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all - I have a chick who is having trouble walking and have read many posts from people dealing with it during first few days/weeks... Would anyone who has dealt with this mind giving me an update on the chick - on how it's doing months/years later? Just curious... thanks! :)
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I have treated a splay legged or spraddle legged chick once and he is normal at 3 years old. I used a simple bandaid to hold his legs closer for 3-5 days. Slipped tendon is very difficult to fix, and they are countless other bone deformities in chicks. Deciding for sure what you are dealing with is the hardest part. Most important is to always treat with poultry vitamins or PolyVisol baby vitamins in case of vitamin deficiency. Here are some good links to read:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/756556/slipped-tendon-splayed-leg-confused
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/854952/is-this-a-slipped-tendon
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/220/slipped-tendon-perosis
     
  3. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    I've never had deficiency caused spraddling, but have had genetic spraddling. It does fix, in about a week or so without any intervention, but I always cull the adults those chicks become, whether that means rehoming them to someone who only wants pets or layers, or eating them. That way you won't breed more chicks who have genetic spraddling.

    I had one chick with a slipped tendon, it would only stay when splinted. He survived, ended up a hopalong with one leg useless, but I gave him away for free and have no idea what became of him.

    Best wishes.
     

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