What do I do? Chick with leg trouble updated

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jennyhaschicks, May 4, 2008.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    My fifth little guy to hatch has one leg that he can bend, but for the most part it sticks out straight. He has a hard time managing to get it underneath him.
    I am devastated. I understand that some of them may have problems. Is there anything I can do? Do you think he will eventually die?
    Please. Anyone have any advice?
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2008
  2. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Anyone? I know. I know. I'm just worried if there is anything I can do the quicker the better.
    Thanks
     
  3. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bottom line is only time will tell. I have an australorp that can't straighten one leg. She is over a week old and gets around just fine. She doesn't know that she is supposed to have 2 legs that work!

    I have seen odd things raising puppies too. They don't know they are "defective." Take a breath and give her/him a chance.
     
  4. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Mainechickens would you be from Maine? I am. [​IMG]

    Would putting something on the legs of the chicks such as a band aid type setup people use for straggle legged chicks be worth doing?
     
  5. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I am ... Winterport.

    In this particular chick, it appears to cause her great discomfort to brace it. Not to mention she gets pecked if there is something "different." I tried to have her on her own, but she was sooooo lonely and stressed she is better off with the rest. She eats, drinks, and pogo's around. Did I metion poops?
     
  6. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    I am from Hermon.

    I am going to try to brace it I guess. I have a hossy box all set up for when he is ready to come out. I was afraid he would get picked on if I were to put him in with the other chicks too.

    Off topic.. What kind of dogs do you raise?
     
  7. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Update. I put him in his own little box with a lamp. He squaked and carried on. I finally put him in with my other little chicks. I was afraid they would peck at him, but not really. As of 12 am lastnight they had taken him in and let him sleep with them. [​IMG][​IMG] He is now able to get his leg under him and can get around for the most part. He is eating and drinking just fine now. I think he is doing better at getting around because he is stronger now.
    Anyway, that is my update.
     
  8. dlhunicorn

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    If you could post a pic that would be most helpful... it might be a slipped tendon
     
  9. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:Sure. I can't do it until about five hours from now though. Must work for a bit. [​IMG]
    Could a slipped tendon be fixed?
     
  10. dlhunicorn

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    I have seen the procedure to do this outlined in the veterinary literature...the problem would be finding a vet who is acquainted with it.
     

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