I recently received an order of chicks from a hatchery, an assortment of different standard breeds, mostly pullets to show & sell in Jan at our county fair. I had ordered 5 Red Leghorns, a breed that looked interesting, lovely, & unique. 4 of the 5 have Spraddle-Leg!!! One had been trampled into a pancake in the crate during shipping. As soon as I got everyone settled at home I braced their legs with bandaids. Another was extremely weak & frail and had to be culled the next day. Now I have 2 still hobbling around with the others, braced with bandaids and getting around the best they can, doing their Charlie Chaplin style of walk. I want to tell them "Run, Forest, run!!!" I replaced their bandaid braces today, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. Is it possible to cure spraddle-leg? Even if it wasn't braced until about 2 days old? If so, how long must the chicks stay in the braces? Is there a better material to use? I'm using fabric bandaids, should I use less stretchy plastic ones, or the white adhesive tape? It would be a shame if these birds grow up maimed like this. They won't do well in the show, they may not be sold, and they would attract the hawks' attention with their gimpy gaits. Of course I called the hatchery, who refunded my purchase price, but they can't replace my plans for these birds. I told them they should notify the folks who are breeding their Red Leghorns. Is it true that this is something preventable, caused by hatching chicks on a slippery surface? And don't you think they should have noticed this & not have packed chicks like this in my order? Thank you for your imput, I do hope to cure these chicks!