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Date Posted: 23:03:39 05/14/13 Tue
Author: D C T -- friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Straight swollen leg with curled toes on straddle legged chick
In reply to: Sharon 's message, "Straight swollen leg with curled toes on straddle legged chick" on 19:18:02 05/14/13 Tue

Sharon,

You are right--No chick with this problem has been mentioned on my forum. I haved worked with chicks
in the distant past that had simular problem. Either the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the back of
the leg were too short to permit bending and some of those were stricken by botulism with muscle
spasms binding the leg. Since your chick has not had much opportunity to get any botulism toxin I
would suspect problem from cramped position in eggshell.
I remember getting a plastic half gallon milk jug and a good pair of scissors. I cut the handle from
the jug, got a marker and drew line on the handle around the part I needed for a brace.
Look at the jug handle of ordinary plastic half gallon. See the bend in that handle where it matches
the bend of a normal chick's hock joint. Then plan a brace to go on the back of the chick's leg
to hold it in the normal bent position.
Now draw and cut your brace. Then tape it to the back of the leg.
For the toes go to my article
www.peafowl.org/ARTICLES/1/
and make a chick shoe for the toes and if you have any questions just ask

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