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Date Posted: 11:36:49 09/27/12 Thu
Author: D C T friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Chick with twisted hock joint.
In reply to: Emma Middleton 's message, "Chick with twisted hock joint." on 09:53:23 09/27/12 Thu

I need a close up photo of that hock joint taken from the
rear of the bird in order to be certain about the problem.
The most common cause of the Achilles tendon becoming
displaced is when the chick is kicking its way out of the
eggshell during time of low humidity that makes it harder
to get out of that eggshell. Or there can be an injury
from being stepped on by the mother hen.
I doubt that having another chick peck at pip hole could
hurt the Achilles tendon.
Each day that a chick struggles with this problem things
get worse as inflammation causes swelling and/or the skin
gets torn and infection makes even more inflamation.
....I am not certain what you mean by "hock brace".
Your chick may (or may not) have a twisted tibia

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