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Date Posted: 16:13:33 08/15/13 Thu
Author: D C T -- friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: 2 month old pullet with splayed leg
In reply to: Ashley 's message, "Re: 2 month old pullet with splayed leg" on 15:18:02 08/15/13 Thu

OK, Got the photos. Could not see the leg joints very well
but suspect that those joints are not the problem.
There has to be muscle weakness or more likely nerve
damage due to either disease or botulism. This is why I
will suggest the use of cortizone (prednisone) which
eases inflamation of nerves. Healing is helped by vitamins
and finely chopped raw produce (brocalli, cabbage, kale,
green bell peppers, romaine lettuce and other such things)
-----I remember a cockerel that went down with botulism
when he was just a chick. I had to hold and hand feed him
for EIGHT WEEKS. But as the hormones of puberty came they
awakened his nerves so that in a few days he went from a
helpless basket case to running around with his brothers
and sisters (none of them were ever sick)
Anyhow it is a fact that some birds will recover while
others get worse and die

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