What's wrong with "Bow"

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mesopretty, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. mesopretty

    mesopretty Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2017
    Bonita California
    Hey there from Bonita/Chula Vista area I'm new here and to having chicks my 2 1/2 year old baby girl got 3 buff Orpingtons and 2 black Jersey giants for x-mas they are roughly month in a half old they all seem to be doing well except "Bow" who is a Jersey we have noticed she has been high stepping big time I have checked her feet and don't see anything wrong and I have been doing some reading and starting to worry a bit wondering if anyone can point me in a direction to where I can find out what's going on with her please help thanks tons
  2. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    Hi Raina and welcome

    Firstly, Bow is a boy not a girl and he appears to have some deformity going on that is causing his feet to twist. Has he always high stepped or is it something that has just developed?
    You could try a vitamin supplement but bearing in mind he is a cockerel, it might be just as well to cull him. I appreciate that's not what you want to hear but I'm really not sure it is a good idea raising a cockerel in your little flock, particularly when you have such a young child and it's unlikely anyone else is going to want a deformed cockerel.


  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I agree with this advice.
  4. mesopretty

    mesopretty Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2017
    Bonita California
    I so knew he was a boy my daughters dad got them for her and from the beginning thought he was a boy like I said we are new to having chicks I appreciate the info so much it is something that kinda just developed and you are right we don't want a cockerel I am assuming that cull means to lay them down? Bow seems to be my little girls favorite I think cuz he's so big I appreciate your input greatly I tried to post a video by am not able to
  5. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Cull means kill. It's better to do it now before you all get any more attached to the little guy. Jersey Giants are a pretty docile breed, but there are always exceptions. A rooster around a tiny child is a risk you do not want to entertain even for a second. Roosters can inflict serious injuries to adults, let alone a small child.

    You should feel no guilt preventing a life of misery from a serious, and quite possibly painful, deformity. If you feel unable to perform the euthanasia, a vet will do it for a very nominal fee.
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