HELP HELP HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beachbummer, May 23, 2008.

  1. beachbummer

    beachbummer In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    Watha, NC
    I bought 3 eastern wild turkey polts yesterday and all 3 were doing fine until i got them home and in the brooder 1 chick dont wont to stand and sits spraddle legged. She cant walk good but does and feeds and waters , but not as often as the other 2 they are real strong. I think it is stress they came from NM hatchery. I dont want to loose this chick and will go today and get a replacement, but dont want to loose this turkey so please help
  2. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Songster

    Jan 21, 2008
    I would search spraddle leg and treat it asap.
    Sounds like it's otherwise going to be healthy.
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    You can make a splint out of a band aid to hold the legs in a more normal position.

    Also, make sure they are not on a slippery surface - put them on paper towels to give them extra traction for the first few days - don't use newspaper for sure, and even shavings can be a bit slippery to walk in while they are getting their feet under them.

    Good luck with the little guy
  4. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    My rooster got straddle leg when he was a week old. He is doing a lot better now.

    If you can find I little piece of string that will stretch a little and tie it around both legs. So that when she walks the rope will keep her legs from sliding to the sides. It would be good to move her to a box by her self, so the others want be stepping on her. You should probably keep the rope on for about a week. If you try putting her in with the others when she has the rope around her legs, they will pick at the rope and make her trip.

    Make sure the rope doesn't get to tight to.

    Good luck with you turkeys [​IMG]

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