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post #11 of 16

Try the band-aid thing again. And if she still won't stand, put her in a tea-cup -- she won't have any choice.

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post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Squirlatheart 

Well, I did a search on splayed legs, and that is definitely the problem.  She is exhausting herself in struggling to stand.  I tried the Band-aid thing, but she couldn't stand up.  I don't have anybody to help me.  So, I tried a piece of yarn, flipped her on her back and held her while tying it.  I am exhausted!!  She is SO precious.  Anyway, I am letting her rest.  Does anybody know how long it will take her to adjust and be able to stand?  I may have to tie it a little tighter, but I was afraid to work on her any more until she rests.  I hope she makes it...  Thank you all for your advice.


Try cutting the band aid down somemore. The problem with yarn is that you can easily get it too tight (and her moving around will tighten it too) and compromise circulation to the point that she loses her legs. It usually only takes a couple of days with the band aids for them to get better.

Try this link--it gives step-by-step instrucions complete with pictures.

http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html


Edited by Kittymomma - 2/28/10 at 11:59am
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your responses.  The problem with the Band-Aid is she is just so little.  She just flipped over and was exhausting herself in fighting it.  I checked the yard today, and it seemed okay, but my concern was the same as yours in that the yarn can get too tight.  Without help though, I don't think I can do the Band-Aid.  How long does it usually take for them to be able to stand without it?

post #14 of 16

What about those tiny band aids? Did you try cutting it down?  I had a tiny bantam chick with that problem and I had to trim the band aid way down.  When it was time to remove it I used petroleum jelly to soften the adhesive.

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post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

No, I didn't have the really small ones and the distance between her legs is only probably about 1/2-inch or so.  Maybe I can get to town this afternoon and try to get some small ones.  Of course, I would be sick today... Ugggh.  Regardless, she comes first.  I hope she will be okay with the yarn until I get finished work.  Thanks again.  She is just so sweet.  I need to design a chick holder since I don't have any help.

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

So does the Band-Aid go on the non-feathered portion of the leg or up higher on the fluffy portion??

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