chick with splayed leg.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by macdoogle2, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only the right leg is this way. Out to the side but he can walk around. I tried the bandaid but it seemed to stress him out so much that I took it off. He kept falling over and not eating or drinking. What happens if I do nothing?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    If you don't splint it, it's not going to get better and it might get worse. His leg will harden and form that way and there'll be no way to fix it. You'll have to splint it, even if he doesn't like it, or he'll be crippled his whole life. He'll be better off if you do it - a little annoyance now for a lifetime of being able to walk correctly and get around.
     
  3. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I splint should I separate this chick? He is just getting trampled. He is 1 week old and I just noticed the problem. He is in with 4 other brooder mates. Pine shavings underfoot and some mesh to keep them from getting feed and water too messy.
     
  4. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I re-taped his legs so I hope this works. How long does it take
     
  5. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How often do I need to check on splint? It's been 24 hours.
     
  6. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying the rubber band. Since I had taped the chick's legs together and he is a feathered legged chick I left the tape around it's legs and used a regular rubber band. Made a figure 8 with some tape. It does seem happier and better able to get around. I really hope this works.
     
  8. Pyxis

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    That rubber band thing is a good idea! How is the little guy doing now? Do his legs look any better?
     
  9. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put the band on about 20 minutes ago. I'll no better tomorrow. He is walking around better and eating and drinking. Breathing better too and less stressed out.
     
  10. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your splay baby?
     

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