Chick's leg sticking out to the side- help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by all_clucked_up, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. all_clucked_up

    all_clucked_up Out Of The Brooder

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    The first chick hatched looked perfectly healthy, until it tried to stand. One leg sticks out to the side at about a 90 degree angle. Is this normal from being all squished inside the egg, or is it a serious problem? Is there anything I can do to help?
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    The only thing you can try is to treat it as splay leg and pray that works. We just had one of these and I had it wrapped for a long while and took it off and leg was still out to side [​IMG] We had to cull it...it was very hard on my hubby as it was totally normal in every other way. Poor baby! I hope it works for you!
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I should have added the link for you about how to treat it also. Here ya go!
    Be sure to do it right away..the sooner you catch it the better chances you have.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=41693

    ETA: This really does work great. I have had to do this several times and this last time was the ONLY time it did not work. Seemed its leg was not connected 'right'. It just looked different somehow. Wish I would have gotten a picture but didn't think of it. Good luck!
     
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  4. all_clucked_up

    all_clucked_up Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks a bunch, this is what I was planning on doing. Should I still wait for it to dry?
     
  5. matlock585

    matlock585 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of my hatching buddies is currently treating this with a bandaid holding the legs where they should be. She said it seems to be working and the chick has started sprinting around like the others.
     
  6. ouracrybaby

    ouracrybaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you sure it's splay leg and not a slipped tendon?
     
  7. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wrote and had an article published in Backyard Poultry Magazine (June/ July issue) about spraddle leg. I used a band aid and it works on all chicks, turkey poults and even ducklings and goslings!

    A friend said she used it on a baby quail.

    Whether it is a slipped tendon or spraddle leg it seems to correct or at best pull the leg in so chick can get around. good luck.
     
  8. all_clucked_up

    all_clucked_up Out Of The Brooder

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    It doesn't look like spraddle leg at all... I'll just cross my fingers the band aid will work [​IMG]
     
  9. PHarris985

    PHarris985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I tried the same think and after taking it off leg was still bad. We culled it.
     
  10. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes it just wont be able to be fixed. You did the right thing. [​IMG]
     

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