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Date Posted: 11:40:20 05/15/16 Sun
Author: Michelle R
Subject: Light Brahma with swollen hock and limping

My Light Brahma has an issue with her leg/hock joint. We first noticed it when she was about 4-5 weeks old... She was limping but it didn't seem to bother her (still running around but not as agile as the others). Upon exam, her leg has a very swollen hock, and the leg twists so that foot splays out. Now she is 7-8 weeks old and when she walks the hock is practically touching the ground. She doesn't do the ladder to the coop well (I've never actually seen her climb it, and she just flies down) and she never gets up to roost, she just sleeps on the ground. We don't know if this was an injury or a deformity. The only time she may have hurt herself is when my husband put her on the roosting pole and she fell off, landing in a belly flop. Photos don't show the issue because her leg feathers cover it up, but there's a link to a video that demonstrates the issue. Thanks for your help!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPcJ9U0yRbU&feature=youtu.be

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