baby chick with a bad leg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by leeboyz337, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. leeboyz337

    leeboyz337 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    i had a chick hatch out and it has a leg that doesnt work and i cant get around. i feel bad for the little thing. what should i do? can it maybe survive?
  2. matlock585

    matlock585 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    White Bluff, TN
    If the leg is sticking out to the side it is probably splayed leg. You can treat that with a small band aid. wrap the band aid around one leg just enough for it to stick back to itself, then position the legs so they look right and wrap the other end around the other leg. I've never had to do this myself, but I've heard of it working for others on here.
  3. wrestling_mom

    wrestling_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2011
    Henderson County, NC
    Yep, Yep, that is splay leg. Cut a bandaid length wise, and do as the person above me says. I just had to do that last night, and she is doing GREAT!!!
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    There is a lot of info on leg/foot problems on the Poultry Pedia site. The link is in my signature. Many issues can be resolved if treated quickly.

    Good luck. [​IMG]
  5. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I have a pigeon with a splayed leg. I think I should do that. It doesn't hurt them when you wrap the bandaid around, does it?
  6. all_clucked_up

    all_clucked_up Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    I just had a chick hatch like that. It wasn't splay leg, it wasn't a slipped tendon, it was just a deformity. The leg is at least sticking down now as opposed to out to the side, but it still isn't right. The chick can get to the food and water and remain upright just fine, so maybe it will survive- and yours may too. Try the band-aid thing first, but check out some of the other possible leg problems. Good luck!

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