I've been going through all of the splayed leg problems articles and I see a trend: You notice something is wrong basically as soon as the chick hatches. In my case though, both of them (I lost the first one), that isn't the case. There isn't a problem until about two or three weeks in. Then it starts as a limp, and then over time their leg starts to twist and point in the wrong direction.
They still eat normally and run around until the leg is too far abnormally moved to be used. The first one I lost not to this problem but to an animal getting her because she couldn't run away. Now I have Beard, my americana and she started limping last week. We thought it was an injury because they had all been leaping around and jumping on each other, and otherwise going crazy, then she was limping after that. I kept watching for it to heal. She was walking on it still, just a little limp. No twisting, no real splaying, nothing like that. Now however her foot is starting to twist so that she's walking on the side of it. I have her legs taped right now but I don't really know if that's the right thing to do. Have any of you heard of this? I would really appreciate some advice. I really really don't want to lose her. She started out adorable and with her feathers coming in now she's going to be a beautiful bird. I
Edited by Airamith - 3/4/16 at 6:05pm