crippled legs/feet

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wongson, May 12, 2009.

  1. Wongson

    Wongson Out Of The Brooder

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    I just hatched my 1st flock using a little giant still air incubator. out of 2 dz eggs 8 hatched. 2 of the chicks have crippled feet/leggs....they are curled and they "walk" like they are hopping on their knees.....is this a condition from incubation or just a condition some chicks have?

    Thank you!
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    someone who knows more will answer but i know there are things like spraddle leg that are fairly easy to fix with some bandaids ect , Good luck
     
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you post pics? It's easier for us to help you if we can see exactly what their feet/legs look like. [​IMG]
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    If the problem is just curled toes, you can make them little orthopedic boots with bandaids and cardboard. Spraddle leg can be fixed with a bandaid brace just below the hocks. A slipped tendon is a bit tougher I think. Post pics please.
     
  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's usually caused by low temperature and most of the time it is reversable. The toes can be fixed for sure, legs can be harder to fix. Splint the toes by sandwhiching them between two W shaped bandages (moleskin works best). Tie the legs together. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  6. chick~E

    chick~E New Egg

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    Im not quite sure spraddle leg is the case here...can someone help my lil one!![​IMG]
     
  7. Wongson

    Wongson Out Of The Brooder

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    YES! that is the problem my chicks have! and no that is not saddle leg from what i have seen. we actually ended up making little splints with cut toothpics and bandages...it did not correct the problem but at least they are not rubbing their "knees" on the ground anymore and there are no more rubbing sores.
     

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