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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 27th September 2010, 5:26 pm

We hatched a batch of Hubbard 757s about a fortnight ago. 11 hatched out of 12, of which 2 were not viable - one died on its own after 12hrs, the other failed to stand and we culled it after 24. The remainder have throved and put on weight and feathers like billyo.

Today however, one is limping badly. One of its legs (almost wrote back legs there Rolling Eyes ) is visibly swollen or out of joint or something. The chick is still eating and drinking but is not mobile at all so food and water has to be brought to it.

It seems odd to me if it was a genetic defect that it should appear suddenly now. I suspect it is is an injury - perhaps from piling - they still have the heatlamp and I have insulated the brooder with slabs of celotex but it has been brass monkeys here the past couple of nights so the ambient temperature will have dropped and they will have been huddling.

Anyone have any other ideas? Or suggestions? Leave it to see if it recovers? Isolate it? Cull now to prevent further trauma?

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Post by Compostwoman on 27th September 2010, 6:00 pm

mmm chicks can get "spraddle leg" I know it has a proper name but can't remember what...

A bit like " clicky hips" in babies? And you can correct it with a splint, either bought or home made..there is a bit in Katie Thear about it?

if chick is OK, eating , drinking and pooping, I would be inclined to wait it out .

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Post by Compostwoman on 28th September 2010, 1:03 pm

I see from FB it did have this. Glad to have helped.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 28th September 2010, 1:30 pm

Well, I am guessing that is what it is and treating it as if it were.
Having looked at lots of pics on Google I honestly cannot tell the difference between spraddle-leg, broken leg, dislocated knee/hip, swollen joint or any of the other leg ailments that small chicks seem prone to. A chick is basically a ball of fluff with a head and legs sticking out. If something is wrong with a leg it sticks out at a funny angle and the chick cannot stand... The treatment options seem to be splint it or cull it though, pretty much regardless of what the problem is, so I have gone with that on the basis that it is the best I can do, and isolated the chick from the others (who were trampling it).
Either it is the correct treatment and it will get better or it won't. You can only do your best.

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Post by Compostwoman on 28th September 2010, 1:36 pm

I think you are doing the right thing. As long as it seems ok otherwise and not in particular pain, this way it gets a bit of a chance...

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Post by Guest on 28th September 2010, 5:52 pm

Our friends that have reared chickens by the hundreds over many years I remember saying that you must turn the eggs each day or the hips of the chicks don't develop properly....I can ask for more details.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 28th September 2010, 8:12 pm

We turn the eggs 3 times a day - this is the first time we have had this problem but from reading the poultry forums it seems to be not uncommon.

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Post by Compostwoman on 28th September 2010, 8:42 pm

You can get it with chicks hatched by an experienced and solicitous broody hen as well...it is one of those things which happens sometimes...think it is caused by lack of grip on the floor, rather than any genetic thing? Can't remember fine details but sure I recall something about slippery floors causing it?

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