Day old chick with sprattle-legs...can I help it?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shelleyb1969, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I got some day old bantam chicks from Ideal yesterday...absolutely adorable. One of them has sprattle-legs. Is there anything I can do to correct it? I've read about bandaids, but I'm not sure if that works, or where the bandaids are placed. This guy has feathered legs, so bandaids might hurt taking off? Please help!
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You don't stick the adhesive to them. The bandaid is used to keep their legs pulled together and in position normally.

    For feather legged chicks - fold the padded part of the bandaid around the leg and press the 2 sticky ends together. Do this for both legs. Then use the sticky part of a third bandaid to join the two together.
     
  3. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Quote:MissPrissy, you're my chickies life saver today...and mine too! Thanks so much. How long do I leave the bandaid on?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    After 3 or 4 days check the progress and treat as needed.
     

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