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Date Posted: 00:19:50 02/04/13 Mon
Author: Martha
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Subject: Quail chick with weird leg problem

Hi, I have bred Button's as you call them King's to us here in Australia for about 6 years.
I have a little chick about 3 days old. I am not sure if it was a birth defect or it got injured in the aviary, before I got to move them into the nursery enclosure I have for them.
Anyways I moved them over and they are all doing great and the mother and dad are doing a great job as usual, but they do sometimes by mistake step on their kids, with no real harm.
Well, this little chick is falling behind in weight to its siblings a little bit. It has one normal leg and one leg at first it couldn't use at all, but now more, but it still looks weird.
When I first noticed it I put some anti-inflammatory cream on the leg and it improved to the point it puts weight on it, but it is still weird. Will not put foot flat on floor, walls with all toes together. It is not a spay leg (never had spay legged babies, but have seen it), it kind of looks as if the hip is out.
Has anyone got any ideas on how I can treat this little guy? He is keep up with his family fine in nursery cage, but he is always the last to get to the food and water and mommy.

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