Chick’s foot problem
QIn my first hatch of 2018, I have a three-week old chick that has one leg which is not right. Last week I noticed one foot was pointing to the side, the chick was wobbly and then sometimes the foot faces backwards! I’ve heard of the Achilles’ tendon slipping, but didn’t think whole foot would rotate backwards with this.
VR SAYS: If you have been giving your breeding stock a breeder ration for six weeks before setting the eggs then this chick has caught its leg in something and possibly dislocated the hip or have weak ligaments; the prognosis is poor. If you have been using only layers pellets for breeding, the nutrition is not really good enough to give chicks strong tendons and ligaments, so it may be the type of ration at fault. I presume you are using good quality chick crumbs which are in date. If you have bought crumbs in a small bag that has no label on, this is illegal as the use-by date is vital to retain the quality of nutrition (and any chemicals contained in the ration notated). Purchase your feed at a store that has labels on all sizes of feed bags, whether decanted from larger ones or not.
A healthy young chick