I recently bought 20 broad-breasted bronze turkey chicks and one of them has injured its leg. It doesn't appear to be broken (it still stretches it out and opens its toes) but it can't support its weight. Could it just be a sprain or something else and what can I do to help? Will it just get better with time? I had to remove it from the rest of the chicks because I was afraid they would crush it.
turkey chick w/ bad leg
i only have experience with injured chick legs. at less than two weeks old, i had one with a bad sprain. i got out my arnica montana ointment that i use for myself. it seemed to hurt worse at first, since i handled him and rubbed in in good, all the way up the leg. but in no time at all he was walking good, and in a few days there was no sign of injury. i stil keep him separate with a couple of other birds. i didn't want to re-introduce him too soon, since there could still be a weakness.
i hope this helps! arnica montana is a homeopathic remedy, or herbal, i forget which, anyhow i found it at the health food store... somewhere here recommended it for my havnd after surgery, and it is great!
on another forum, i read where someone made a tincture out of solmons seal, and poured it down the throat of an injured bird. healed and felt better right away! so you might try one of these methods, if you don't get a beter answer here.
congrats on your turkey chicks!