any treatment for spradle-leg?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bhadrika, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. bhadrika

    bhadrika In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2007
    Mansfield, MA
    One of our 3 1/2-wk old chicks, one of the Cuckoo Marans, has one leg that bends at a strange inward angle -- looks like it's been put on crooked, almost. I think this is a recent development. he doesn't seem to favor it much, but is a little more clumsy. I think this is spradle leg, yes? Is this the sort of "leg problems" that chicks get when they grow too big too fast (I saw it in terms of recommending limiting food to the meat birds to avoid "leg problems" later). He is one of our biggest (is that weird, that the Cuckoos are so much bigger than Rocks or Cornish?).

    So, what, if anything, can be done? To be honest, I won't be terribly miserable if the news is bad; while we call this one the "good cuckoo" as opposed to the other, "evil Cuckoo," they are probably both male and definitely both rather domineering and aggressive. I warned the kids that the difference between a fryer and a broiler/roaster may be based on personality, and these two both act rather like they plan on being fryers. But that's still weeks away. What should I do for him meanwhile?

  2. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    No it doesn't sound like spradle leg but some type of deformity. Spradle leg the legs tend to spread out to the side of there body like they are doing the splits.

    What you are seeing could be from an injury or sometype of disease problem or nutritional problem.

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