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Detecting leg issues in hatchlings

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by ald08f, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. ald08f

    ald08f Hatching

    Feb 15, 2016
    We had two chicks hatch today (day 49) and I’m really worried about one of them. He lost too much weight (+17%) during incubation so I know he’s more prone to developing splayed legs. At 10 hours old he’s significantly weaker than his sibling who is less than an hour old. He holds his legs flat and parallel to his body but they are definitely more out to the sides rather than under his body and it seems to be getting worse.

    Does this sound like early signs of splayed legs and if so, what preventative measures can I try? I have a poultry electrolyte and vitamin powder but is there a specific supplement I should give? When do I offer water? He can barely hold his head up so I’m worried about leaving it in with him.


  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Songster

    Sep 30, 2015
    spraddle, you could try the bandaid method to get its legs together.
  3. birdeo

    birdeo Chirping

    Apr 11, 2013
    hobble it and give some b COMPLEX.

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