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Date Posted: 13:36:22 04/23/17 Sun
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 10:29:30 04/23/17 Sun

You are very welcome. Let me begin by explaining bird let anatomy. Birds have a hip socket joint just like humans. The femur bone is the top bone of the leg and at bottom of femur bone is the stifle joint which is like human knee. Then there is the tibia/fibula compared to human shin but I also compare this with what the Kentucky Fried Chicken people call the "drumstick". In chickens the fibula is about the size and shape of a toothpick so the tibia bears the weight. At the lower end of the tibia is the hock joint. This is the joint that was bent the wrong way in your chick and I told you how to make brace from jug handle to repair that. It seems to me that you did not do this. Please go back and check your work on the hock joint brace. Correcting a hock joint that has ben backwards can be tricky but can be done.
This must be done before thinking about hip

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