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Date Posted: 10:02:30 04/20/17 Thu
Author: D C T - friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Chick with stiff leg
In reply to: NG 's message, "Re: Chick with stiff leg" on 06:08:18 04/20/17 Thu

Your video makes it very clear to me that the hock joint is bending backwards and will do so until it is treated in the correct way. My favorite method of doing this is to get an ordinary half gallon plastic milk jug--the kind that has been in stores for many years. Use scissors to cut the handle from this jug. Now look at this hollow plastic handle and observe the angle where it bends. Hold this beside a chick with normal healthy leg. Use a marker on the plastic to show where you will cut handle to make brace. Brace begins a quarter inch above foot goes behind hock joint and most of the way up the back of the tibia (the part of leg called "drumstick" by the Kentucky Fried Chicken makers.
You want this brace to cover sides and rear of leg so you must cut away the front (the inside of the handle). Round off the corners of your brace to avoid hurting tender skin.
You may begin cutting brace a bit too big because it is easier to cut off some afterwards than to have to start again if you got it too small.
Bend the hock joint into normal position and use any kind of tape to attach it. Tape should be about a half inch wide.

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