what to do with a "gimpy legged" chicklette

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kstavert, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    One of my chicks has a gimpy leg...

    It took me too long to find out what was
    wrong to be able to do anything to help
    to fix the leg....

    apparently, it is something like a "slipped
    achilles tendon"

    So, one foot/leg is pretty much useless...

    She hobbles about and leans on things...

    She is growing very slowly compared to
    the other chicks that hatched about the
    same time.... at about 3 weeks, she is
    almost half the size of the rest of them

    Is it cruel to keep her alive???? It breaks
    my heart to watch her...and, I haven't the
    heart to put her down... though, if that is
    TRULY the most "humane" thing to do,
    I will...

    the other chicklettes that are in with her
    do not bother her... they are often all
    lying snuggled together... and, I know that
    the adults can be really nasty to one another.
    thank you for your help.... Karen
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge






    my gimpy baby then and now , i had to help her eat and drink for a while now she is independent
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2012
  3. OR4-hmom

    OR4-hmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    Grants Pass, OR
    i have a couple of special needs birds from the chicks I got 3 years ago. Bruiser is a tiny little Dutch bantam who was diagnosed as "failure to thrive", she shares a pen with a partridge rock that sounds like your chick. Precious has arthritis in the joints of her right leg. She would sleep with her bad leg propped up on the tray feeder in the broody box. She moves very erraticaly but she is happy sharing her space with Bruiser, she looks like a young chick when I go in and she has been sleeping under her wing. Precious doesn't lay as often as the others but I never expected her to lay at all.
  4. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    I LOVE the little walker you made
    for your baby... I was trying to think of
    how to do something similar

    Sooooo happy that no one said "put her

    thank you
  5. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    thank you for sharing your story about your
    ladies... I don't expect anything from her and
    am happy to do whatever I need to to make
    her life comfortable :) thank you thank you
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Have legos will travel lol with a cut out little piece of washrag to sit in with little leg and butt holes lol , she hated it but it helped I think
  7. Poppy17

    Poppy17 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Bellevue Idaho
    I have the same problem! I have had her legs tied together for two days but it hasn't seemed to have helped. She doesn't want to out any weight on one leg at all. She is smaller and less active than the others and seems tired. Does anyone have chickens that have grown up using one leg??
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have read stories on BYC about chickens with only one working leg who hop around fine.

    below quote is from poultrypedia:

    "If the tendon has been out of place more than a few days, it may be unbearably painful to the bird to try to fix it or may cause damage. You could try gradually stretching the leg the leg a number of times a couple days to lengthen the tendon, & then try correcting the placement.
    This is especially true of young chicks because their legs are growing so quickly. Various bones, tendons & muscles will have done a lot of growing in just a couple of days and may have become too short, long or twisted so they can't allow the achilles tendon to be back in the correct location."
  9. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    thank you....

    I did try stretching her leg gently/repeatedly
    during the first week and it made no difference
    so, I let her be... she made a lot of noise and
    fuss and I was afraid I was hurting her....

    she is about 1/3 the size of a chicklet that hatched
    two days AFTER she did...

    I'm waiting until they all feather out well before
    putting them outside... I'm just afraid to put
    her out... not sure how she will do in colder

    anyway, I really appreciate all of the help and

    i'm trying to figure out how I can create a
    mobility contraption for her as she grows...

    it would seem that small wheels would easily
    get caught on so many things in their pen...

    Again, thanks to all
  10. kstavert

    kstavert Out Of The Brooder

    You are a wonderful chicklet mummy....

    so very creative, too... you could market
    your little chicklet chariot :)

    thank you

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