When to give up...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by malia, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. malia

    malia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of the three RIRs that I hatched Sunday has spradle leg, I think. I noticed Monday night when it still wasn't getting around and it's right leg was out to the side and toes slightly curled. Well I immediately bandaged it's legs together with a bandaid like people have posted on this great website. I have been making sure to give it water several times a day with vitamins and it does eat some but not like the others. I have it in it's own brooding box. Ok, my question is when do I take the make shift bandage off and at what point do I know that it's not doing any good? It's leg has straightened out some and toes are straighter, but it still tries not to put any weight on it. I keep praying that one morning it will be running around when I go to check on them or at least standing up straight on both legs. Sorry this is such a long post. Wanted to give all the details.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It can take up to about a week, but beyond that, I think the chances get lower and lower. I say do it for as long as you feel is right.
     
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Just be prepared....I've had two chicks with bum legs that I've tried to nurse along.

    In both cases I was able to keep them going for several weeks, but in the end one succumed to the elements and the other I had to cull the other when it was clear that the chick was not able to get around on just one leg, and it was getting worse.

    I don't know if it would have been 'easier' to cull when they were younger or older....but in the end culling was the most humane thing I could do when it was apparent there would be no reasonable quality of life.
     
  4. malia

    malia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I'll give it till Sunday. If it hasn't improved then I will take it to my vet, b/c after spending so much time with it, I know I couldn't cull it. I am a strong believer that it is a gift we can provide for our animals to end their suffering but why is it so hard then. Gosh, I thought I prepared myself for these sort of things. I am really hoping the bandage will work. Thank you.
     

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