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Date Posted: 23:07:38 05/09/13 Thu
Author: Fleen
Subject: twisted tibia in 4 week old chick

Hi there. Im looking for some help with a four week old male araucana chick. I came home yesterday to find (what was a perfectly healthy chick in the morning) now had one leg that stuck out to the side on a 90 degree angle, and was hobbling. They are not on slippery bedding material in the brooder, they eat only chick starter, and occasional baby crickets as treats and have been vaccinated for mareks. I checked for slipped tendon but the hock does not appear flat, and the toes dont point upwards.
At this age, is there any hope for orthapaedics, like you would with a young chick? can it be corrected? Im confident I caught it straight away, as they were fine in the morning.I have made a hobble using vetwrap, but the twisted leg is so severe that it pulls the good one so far over, and he overbalances and cant walk at all. Is anything further necessary, like a chick chair as well or can i leave him hobbled for a few days and see how we go? thanks in advance for any help.

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