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Red Hocks

Red hocks is a long bone leg deformity found in newly hatched chicks. It consists of congested vessels and stasis of blood generally affecting the skin and connective tissues of the hock. It occurs from by physiologic stress during hatching or due to impact trauma either from the side or directly along the long axis of the bone. Chicks which develop red hocks will be prone to suffering from leg weakness for the duration of their lives.


Lesions on the hocks


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam


Supportive care
Administer probiotics


Scientific References

Age Range

This is a condition that affects newly hatched chicks.