Chick with splayed legs...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OccamsTazer, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. OccamsTazer

    OccamsTazer Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Hi all! I'm new to chicken raising and I think I have a problem with one of my chicks.
    I've recently acquired 10 Buff Orpington chicks (~2 weeks old) from the feed store, and something appears to be wrong with one chick. His legs seem weak. He eats and drinks well and appears energetic, but he spends most of his time sort of slumped on his belly, and his legs appear to stick out to the sides more than those of the other chicks. He will hop up, walk a few steps, and then sort of sliiiiide back down to a sitting position. The other chicks are not very kind to him, and he's gotten a small bruise under one of his eyes.
    I'm undecided as to whether I should cull this one. I don't want to do it unless it is necessary, but I also don't want him to suffer.
  2. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    Search Spraddle legs. I have one like that too, and I found very good advice. [​IMG]
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd try and treat him first. Get a bandaid. I've got a chick that is 11 days old and is similar.

    We moved his legs a little closer together than in this pic.


    I'm hoping that by Saturday I can take it off, he is almost the runt of the little flock. He'll be two weeks on Friday.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009
  4. OccamsTazer

    OccamsTazer Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  5. vicegrip

    vicegrip In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Mena AR

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