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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:30 pm 
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A friend of mine recently bought some point of lay hens, and one of them has starting walking on its knees. He wants to know what has caused this and if there are any remedies.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:42 pm 
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Does it look like this:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:43 pm 
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Chicken07 wrote:
Does it look like this:
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Yes, it looks like that.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:58 pm 
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The picture is of a bird with Slipped Tendon. I don't know if that's what your friend's bird has or not. It can occur more frequently in young birds even from 9 days of age. They get swollen, flat hock joints, they can start hopping on one leg, and sometimes one or both legs twist or rotate to the side. Birds often die because they can't get to food and water. There is another condition that is very similar called Twisted Leg that is more often seen in battery raised broilers. It is thought that both of these conditions can be either genetic, or as a result of a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals during growth times. Giving a vitamin supplement will minimize future damage, but won't reverse any permanent damage that has already taken place.

If your friend wants some better opinions, get him to post some pictures on the forum here and people can give him some advice. There are some other conditions that affects legs in chickens also. The way the chicken is sitting, and other health information would help people here give an opinion.

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