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Date Posted: 22:36:08 03/13/13 Wed
Author: D C T - friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Newly Hatched Chick walking on elbows.
In reply to: Renee LeGleu 's message, "Newly Hatched Chick walking on elbows." on 14:14:33 03/13/13 Wed

I suspect that the Achilles tendons are displaced.The way
that this happens (in most cases) is that when the chick is
hatching the eggshell was very hard for the chick to kick
its way out. The Achilles tendon connects muscles along the
tibia to the lower leg providing power to stand and walk.
This tendon crosses the rear of the hock joint (where chick
fuzz ends and scale covered tarsal bone begins. Normally
it is in a groove in the center of the rear of the joint
but when it is pushed to one side it does not function.
The longer the chick walks on the hock joint tne more
the joint swells so that the tendon is not able to return
to the correct position. In the life of a new chick a week
is a very long time. Perhaps your chick can be helped by
being put in a "chick chair" or body sling.
I need to see a photo of those legs close up viewed from
the rear.

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