Originally Posted by chickenmamalp
She is going crazy picking at the band!!!
How do I know a brake from splay?
It falls over alot but can stand on good leg,eats,drinks
Just wait huh- how long?
With spraddle/splay leg there's nothing really wrong with the "bad" leg, it just doesn't seem to want to stay under the chick and the chick will find itself doing the "splits" because its leg keeps spreading farther and farther out. The rubber band will help hold the leg under the body and next to the other leg so that the chick can put weight on it and walk around.
If the chick is holding a leg up or the leg is twisted or seems to be broken or deformed, I'm not sure the spraddle leg treatments will work.
In my experience, it only takes a few days for the chick to learn to keep their "bad" leg underneath themselves and I remove the rubber band. Again, I found this method worked better because the chick could walk around whereas with the bandaid the chick can't walk and will fall over and can't get to food/water. The legs need to be tied very close together, probably no more than your finger's width apart. The rubber band will allow some stretch and movement but if you make it too long, the legs will just splay apart.
Hope this helps.