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Date Posted: 15:53:09 03/14/13 Thu
Author: D C T - friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Slipped Tendon and or Hock
In reply to: Alton 's message, "Slipped Tendon and or Hock" on 14:31:08 03/14/13 Thu

Alton, Though it really does look bad there is one thing to
try. Hold the chick with one hand and gently grip the foot
on the bad leg. Pull the foot slowly and gently straight
behind the chick while watching the messed up joint. Watch
the Achilles tendon which is now out of place on the side
to see if it moves to the center of the joint. This tendon
connects muscle up in "drumstick" to the shinbone down
below giving the power to stand and walk. If this tendon
does not move for this then try very gently squeezing the
sides of the joint to push the tendon to the center.
......If you can get it in place this chick will need to
be rested in a "chick chair" or a body sling for a week.
The tendon probably slipped out of place during the stress
of hatching (kicking off the back half of shell to emerge)
Sometimes when I catch this problem on hatching day I can
pop it back in place for an instant cure but each day
of struggling increases swelling in joint capsule making
treatment more and more difficult

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