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Date Posted: 12:01:06 04/02/17 Sun
Author: D C T - friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: 3 week old chick with twisted leg
In reply to: JS 's message, "3 week old chick with twisted leg" on 20:55:54 04/01/17 Sat

This appears to be twisted tibia. I do wish that you had contacted me as soon as the chick hatched but there may be hope for treatment by my "night taping" method which was first used on a two week old peachick named Firestone. She was given just five nights of this treatment and was completely cured.
I cut a small piece of thin sponge to wrap around one hock joint. Padding one hock joint will protect both hocks from rubbing together so it does not matter which hock is padded. Then I brought the lower legs firmly together and taped them
from hock to ankle. In the morning I removed the tape and padding. Forgot to mention that the padding was taped in place before taping legs.
REMOVE ALL WATER DURING TAPING TO PREVENT DROWNING
I assume that this chick is in a brooder and not under a mother hen since a hen might step on a taped chick.
If you have questions just ask.

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