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Date Posted: 09:47:36 02/28/15 Sat
Author: D C T--friendly poultry orthopedist

here is a message that came in my email and my reply to it:
Chick hatched few days ago and hasn't been able to stand on its left leg. Found out this morning the leg is dislocated. Tried the chick "hobbles" but they wouldn't stay on due to kicking while trying to put them on properly. Any ideas on how else I can reset it? Please let me know ASAP as it is critical to fix these things.
If problem is in hock joint the most likely thing is a displaced Achilles tendon. This tendon connects
muscles above the joint to the bone below the joint delivering the power to stand, walk and run.

You can easily see if this is the problem by looking at the chick from the rear and comparing the
good leg with the bad.
The cause for this is injury, sometimes when chick has a hard time pushing itself from eggshell
or if it is stepped on by mother hen or other chick.

If the problem is found right after it happened the tendon can be pushed back to the center
of the joint by a gentle squeeze between your thumb and finger. But if the chick has had a
day or two of struggling then swelling in joint makes it hard for tendon to stay in place so
that a "chick chair" must be constructed and used.

You can send photo to my email address--a close up of the injured joint taken from the rear.

D C T---friendly poultry orthopedist

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