Chicks legs won't stay under them.

Chickenbob

Hatching
12 Years
Feb 8, 2007
3
0
7
Mesa, Arizona
I have 8 chicks out of the incubator for about 2 weeks, and 4 of them are having trouble keeping their legs under them. One or both of the legs are out to the side almost all the time. Is there anything that can be done to help this situation?
They are on mashed chick starter feed and seem to be eating and drinking normally.
HELP!

Bob
 

greenmulberry

Songster
12 Years
Jul 17, 2007
365
2
139
Iowa
Are they on a slippery surface like newspaper? Put down some paper towells that will allow them to get a better grip.

Also, I have seen hobbles made of bandaids or tape that hold the legs together while they gain strangth.



Do a search on "spraddle leg" for more info,
 

pepperluvsmee

Songster
12 Years
Feb 2, 2008
245
5
144
Glen Rock, PA
I used tape and my baby had a FIT!! She peeped and jumped around like it was killing her. What do I do then? She pecked the tape off, then I tried a band-aide, pecked that off too. If I dont do something soon, she will not ba able to walk. She is 3 days old.
Any suggestions?
-Theresa
 

twigg

Cooped up
11 Years
Mar 2, 2008
1,389
7
171
Tulsa
Quote:At 2 weeks they shouldn't be having this problem.

The newspaper question is a good one, but really only matters in the first few days.

Try the strapping. It should be easier to fit at this size.
 

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