Chick Physical Therapy Sling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Namaste Mama, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2008
    I have a little silky that I rescued from the feed store that had spraddle leg. After a week with a hobble she's only getting worse and now her joints are swollen so I had to come up with something else to try. So this is my little invention...


    Its a nylon with holes cut in it with a hole for the head a hole for pooping and two for legs. I then took a broken dowel and taped to the top of the box and hung the chick in her sling from the rod. This way she can move back and forth to get her food and water and exercise those little legs. I don't know how it will work but I thought I would give it a shot.
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I hope your innovative sling works for your baby. [​IMG]
  3. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2008
    [​IMG] Thanks. I really hope it works. I'm flying blind here. I don't have the heart to cull her. DH says he'll just build a chicken wheelchair if she ends up not being able to walk. He thinks it will be easier to get her eggs, LOL.
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good luck. Sure is a pretty little one.
  5. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    It would be neat if the dowel could roll along the top of the box. Reminds me of a toddler in a walker. [​IMG]
  6. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    spraddle leg has to be treated immediatly. if it was at the feed store for awile chances are it has become irraversable. if so, you will probably have to cull the little one. i dont think it should take over a week for it to recover, i think hanging from that pole will be distressing and uncomfortable on the little chick, i think u should ask a professional wheat needs to be done
  7. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I love the innovative idea! I would give her something with a little more traction, like some rubber shelf liner. I got a chick with my MM order that had spraddle leg, and I didn't use tape or anything. I just put some shelf liner down and now u wouldn't even know she started life like that! It would be cool if the dowel rolled across the top of the bin, like if you could put a long screw through each end to keep it from sliding off and something to keep it from going over the edge. Good luck, and keep us posted!
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    I would also administer polyvisol enfamil (three drops in beak once a day for a week then taper off the next)
    if you tie that sling to a ring (curtain ring or such) and then slide that over the rod then it can perhaps slide up and down the rod to allow the chick some movement?
  9. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I noticed what looks like oatmeal in the box. Is she getting good old regular chick starter too? I had a baby cockatiel I tried that with. He never improved and got very frustrated as he got older. I had to have him put to sleep. It was sooo sad. Best of luck with yours.
  10. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2008
    Yes she is getting chick starter. I will see about getting the vitamins today, I've been doing vitamin E. Thats a good suggestion about the ring. I'm not leaving her in it all day, just for a few hours a day a 1/2 hour to an hour at a time. trying to build up her strength. She was only at the feed store for a few hours when I got her, she was delivered the same day. [​IMG]

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