2 Opington chicks with what I belive is spraddle leg

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  1. Bronzie

    Bronzie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys,

    Brand new at the chicken game and site so please excuse my ignorance! :)

    We're based in New Zealand and had a hatch over the weekend (3 days ago now). I think due to the hustle and bustle in the incubator we ended up with 2 chicks with spraddle leg. We've read every thread and seen every youtube clip we could find on the subject...their legs are taped and they're shuffling along happily eating and drinking BUT they just don't seem to be pushing up on their feet to try and walk. They're just shuffling along on their hocks. Is there anything we can do it encourage them to "get up" or are we on to a no win situation? Some sites say it can take up to a week others say it should be fixed in a couple of days...really really don't want to cull these cute little fluff balls unless absolutely necessary. Has anyone come across this....
     
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]
     
  3. Bronzie

    Bronzie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks :) I've read so many threads on BYC over the last couple of months - it's a great forum and you guys all seem to know what you're talking about!!

    I'm on the other side of the world to most of you so it will probably get a bit confusing when discussing seasons and weather :) but hey I'll work it out.

    Thanks for the welcome!

    ps: am I posting on the right forum for this?
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Leave them taped up for a few more days. You can also add some vitamins to the water, especially the B vitamins. Sometimes the lack of B's can aid in weak legs. You can also do some therapy on them by making them stand in a small shot glass or very small glass for about 10 mins a few times a day. This can strengthen the legs. If they have been splay a long time, it can take a while for them to grow strong. Don't give up yet, however if they just don't gain enough strength, you may need to put them down.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
     
  5. Bronzie

    Bronzie Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome thanks!!!!! Will try that now!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - X 3 on what TwoCrows said, and good luck.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Could you post a picture of them so we can see what they stand like? You could also post on "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures, thread and see what others have to offer.
     

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