whats happend to my leg"peep"peep" help me!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by izmail1215, May 14, 2009.

  1. izmail1215

    izmail1215 New Egg

    May 14, 2009
    my small chick/en (4months) I THINK he sprained it he can move it wile walking but is kindda dragging/hopping i think he broke it what am i sposed to do say goodnite for the last time or what?? let it heal by its self.
    it could support its body with both legs but cant walk propeurly almost falling
    pls help
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    did you feel it and see if it is broken
    also it will probably be that way
    most times it doesn't get much better
    sounds like she has pulled it out of the joint

    Here is my friend DCTownsend's help on the matter read the one that fits you best
    Orthopedics for Poultry Made Easy for Beginners
    By D.C. Townsend

    These treatments have been tested and proven effective. I developed them for peafowl but they
    may be used for any poultry. The key to success is to begin treatment promptly. In some cases delay
    will kill or cripple the chick.

    When the Achilles tendon slips out of the groove on the hock joint, a peachick will not be able to
    straighten its leg. The problem needs prompt attention because the struggling peachick will put
    its weight on the hock joint which will damage the skin and cause swelling in the joint. The tendon
    can be pushed back in place with just one finger or a very gentle squeeze between the thumb and index
    finger. Sometimes just one treatment will give a complete cure that seems like a miracle. Other
    times several treatments are needed. Stubborn cases require advanced treatment that is too difficult to
    explain here. I treated both legs of a peachick for two weeks; She grew up to be a healthy peahen.

    Sometimes a peachick hatches with toes rolled into a fist. They may straighten out on their own
    in the first day of life. If they do not do so, I make a CHICK SHOE (see illustration below) from
    black pipe cleaner available in the crafts department at Wal-Mart. I use black ones because
    bright colors are more likely to be pecked by other peachicks. One packet of Westrim Crafts Chenille
    stems costs 89 cents and will last for years. Any kind of half inch wide tape can be used to attach the CHICK SHOE to the toes, but I prefer Johnson and Johnson First Aid clear tape. I cut a piece a quarter inch long for the middle toe. I cut another piece the same length and split into two quarter inch-wide pieces for the other toes. Eight hours of treatment is usually enough time to end the problem on a day-old peachick.

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    In the 1995 hatch, I had a number of peachicks with a kink in the outer toe of one or both feet.
    They were well past a week old when I decided that I must do something about it. I made HALF SHOES of black pipe cleaner. I tore off a quarter inch-wide stripe of duck tape several inches long and secured
    the HALF SHOE to the middle and the outer toe. Several days of treatment were needed. Some of the
    HALF SHOES came off and had to be taped on again, but all treated peachicks had straight toes at the
    end of the treatment. There is a young peacock that I missed treating. Now it is too late and he will
    always have a kink in his outer toe.

    This problem can occur even if you take the precaution of having quarter inch hardware cloth
    under your peachicks. Sometimes it is caused by the struggles of a chick with its toes rolled into
    fists. In that case, both problems must be treated at the same time. I cut a piece of tape four or
    five inches long and from the HOBBLE BRACE with the legs far enough apart so that the peachick can walk. The tape must go the whole way around and cover its sticky side so that it does not stick to the
    peachick's fuzz when it sits down. Usually 24 hours of treatment is sufficient, but sometimes more is
    required. CHICK SHOES and the HOBBLE BRACE can be used at the same time.

    email me PM if you have more questions
  3. pebblessix

    pebblessix Out Of The Brooder

    Feel the bones of the leg and see if you can feel any difference between the two. Usually a break is obviously different. Feel al the way up into the shoulder. We have made makeshift splints using q-tips, popsicles sticks or tongue depressor size sticks with first aid tape and/or band aids to hold the sticks in place. The size stick we have used, depends upon the size of the bird. You can find sticks in the craft department of Wal-Mart. Try to positon the splint so the leg is in as natural a position as possible. If the injury has caused the toes to curl, you may need to make a band aid slipper to keep the foot in a natural position. Leave the splint on for at least two weeks. Sometimes a break also needs a makeshift sling to support the leg. Check the splint daily for shifting. The bird must be kept as still as possible. We enclosed in a crate. This is important for healing, but also because the other birds will peck at bandages. We've had two breaks that we have splinted. Both birds limp, but are able to walk and run.

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