crippled chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cugo18, May 4, 2009.

  1. cugo18

    cugo18 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a chick that was born with both of his legs going outward like he was doing the splits all the time. is there anything i can do to help the chick or should i just put it out of pain.? not sure what to do. please any help would be greatly advised. thanks in advance for any and all replies.
     
  2. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This goes by a couple of different names (some of us may be calling it by the wrong name); spraddle or straddle legs. Some chicks can be corrected, others can not. This webpage can help you out a bit. http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html
     
  3. cugo18

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    thanks im going to look at the site now the one that is one the main page looks just like mine does to the T Again thanks for the info [​IMG]
     
  4. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem. I hate it when it takes forever for someone to answer a post. [​IMG] Keep an eye on his toes too. They can curl under from this condition. Good luck with your chick.
     
  5. cugo18

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    so do you mean like walking on the top of his foot where the feathers should be at i have one that hes only doing that with one of the feet not both other is fine. thanks again other chick dont like this with the bandaid on his foot crys alot
     
  6. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the one whose toes are curled under you can make a "boot" out of cardboard (or a quarter) and medical tape to flatten the foot. If you search the site for orthopedics, you should have a couple of helpful threads come up that can help.

    Also, I've found that toddler or child sock cuffs work well to hold the chick still while you work on their legs/feet. Just cut the cuff away from the foot part. I usually would roll it about 1/2 way slip the hole over the head and then unroll it around the rest of the body.
     
  7. cugo18

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    that is cool that i never would have thought of doing with the kids sock. thanks again so very much for all your wonderful and quick advice.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. cugo18

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    hello there i just wanted to give you the heads up that the chick that we were talking about is doing a great deal better looks as if he/she is even running around keeping upi with the others. also put a boot on another one today hope will do just as well.[​IMG]
     
  9. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad to hear that. I hope it works out for both of them. Sounds like your straddle chick may start giving the rest a run for their money.
     
  10. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is awesome, so glad your little one is going to be ok!! [​IMG]
     

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