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Date Posted: 08:53:57 06/20/13 Thu
Author: D C T -- friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Two chicks with leg issues. Please help!
In reply to: Mica 's message, "Two chicks with leg issues. Please help!" on 02:27:41 06/20/13 Thu

are you certain that the first chick has broken leg....???
because it has a displaced Achilles tendon and may also
have a twisted tibia.
The most common way for Achilles tendon to become displaced
is during hatching as the chick is kicking loose from the
eggshell. Or it can be displaced by injury. When this is
found on the same day it happens it can be put back in
place very easily so that it often is completely "cured"
or it may need 12 hours of rest in a body sling or "chair".
But after just a few days of no treatment the chick'a
struggle to walk will cause injury, inflammation and
swelling that makes it nearly impossible to ever get that
tendon back in place (the "place" is filled in by
You can make a closeup photo of that leg joint from the
rear and send it to me or post on villagephotos.com.
You can try pulling leg straight out behind chick to see
if tendon will move to center of joint but stop if chick
shows signs of pain.
-----some years back I had a peachick that acted like it
had that deficiancy like your second chick. It just lay
on its side and trembled. I put it in a "chick chair"
and delivered its food and water by hand. Also gave it
Bionate (pet vitamin mineral supplement) and after a few
days that peachick fought its way out of chair and was
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