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Date Posted: 11:36:32 11/30/15 Mon
Author: D C T - friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Chick can't walk
In reply to: Sherry 's message, "Re: Chick can't walk" on 23:26:07 11/29/15 Sun

You are welcome. I exist to serve my Creator by helping His
most helpless creatures. In this season when we celebrate the
birth of Christ, the Savior it gave me joy when you told me
that your chick was helped by the information I gave. Thank
you for the feedback.
Another thought about botulism symptoms and poultry behavior.
When a member of flock falls over and flutters the others
may attack and even kill it. Healing can take time. Years ago
I had a cockerel with his mother and siblings.(just a fuzzy
chick) He began to run backwards and fall onto his back. I
put him in a well padded basket in my house and had to hold
him in one hand to feed him with the other. This went on
for eight weeks before he suddenly began to get control of
his neck and legs. I believed that the arriving of adult
hormones had something to do with the change. A state
poultry lab doctor confirmed this and we talked about
cortisone (steroid) drugs such as Prednisone healing the
inflammation of nerves.
Your chick's toes will probably straighten as he heals but
if not a chick shoe taped to the bottom of his foot will
do the job. An alternative to the "shoe" is to use stiff
tape around each toe. Sometimes taping needs to be done
to hold foot in correct position (tape runs in figure eight
below foot crossing on top of ankle and circling lower shin
Getting back to nutrition--I like to chop romaine lettuce,
collard, cabbage, green onion tops, and any other raw
vegetable frmo produce department. For protein I like raw
beef, finely chopped. Ground beef can be bought but it needs
to be high quality avoiding the "pink slime" variety.
I did use ground beef years ago for a peachick that was
given to me due twisted neck. I mixed Vionate with this and
had to put it into her beak for the first week of her
treatment. She lived eitht years..
I hope to be giving advice for as long as I have an internet
connection and brain function.

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