PLEASE, anyone? 😥
Edited by SoORchick73 - 3/28/16 at 2:19pm
I had a splay-legged Welsumer chick born early February, and I used a thin strip of flexible sports tape to hold the legs straight above the knees, with about 1/2-1 cm space in between the legs. I made sure not to tape the legs too tight and cut off their circulation. After a night in the incubator, she was standing and taking tiny steps, tiny because her legs were taped together. I removed the tape after a few days in the brooder, and she was fine. She walked somewhat stiff for a week or so, but is now completely healed. She is now several months old and is extremely healthy, enjoying the fine spring weather we're having! :)
Here is the sports tape brand I used: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ace-Waterproof-Sports-Tape/22150851
I also used that sports tape, the stuff that sticks to its self NOT the target :)
What I did was to make cuffs, like little bracelets around each of the legs about 1/2 a cm wide these cuffs stayed in-place.
Then I made a longer piece again about 1/2 a cm wide that went around the legs including the cuffs. The objective it to support the legs in their correct position NOT to over correct .. so use your eye and judge what is the right distance for the legs to be normally.
I made the cuffs because I had one little chick once that needed to be taped for about 8 days, and I got sick of struggling to redo the tapes around the legs. I check at least once a day to see if the tape is needed. Taking the tape off and seeing how the chick is going, how strong the legs have become, one extra days is not going to do any harm, but taking it off a day early will.
I found it alot easier to just renew the main joining tape, than to retape a nice neat cuff each time. The blitters can kick and carry on a treat.
This is not a good shot but its the only one I have ... here I was using a tape called micropore. Its not too sticky and its kinda like strong paper with a sticky side, it will wear off, disintegrate before it does any harm to the chick, but a little oil food/baby types rubbed on will help it come off faster.
This little guy was totally sitting in his bum feet straight out in front of him, he needed around 8 days of taping.