HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!! New Chick...Feet turned under, it can't walk!!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by funfeatheredfeet, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. funfeatheredfeet

    funfeatheredfeet Out Of The Brooder

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    Please, can someone tell me if there is anything I can do to help this chick!!??? Both it's feet are curled under and when it tries to walk it does not flatten it's feet!! Anything I can do?
     
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  2. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is the legs this is a great link for how to treat spraddle/splay leg...
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    If it is the toes that are curled you can cut a little piece of light cardboard (like a cereal box weight) and straighten out the little chicks feet using this as a base splint under its foot and holding the little toes in place with a piece of bandaid (same type as in the photos in the link above). I had this for the first time with a little chick in our last hatch and it worked like a charm...can`t tell the difference although I will not use it for breeding just in case it was caused by something genetic. It can also be a vit. deficiency and a little poly-vi-sol apparently helps too. There are some great posts here with photos if you do a search.
    Regarding splinting.... I did learn that the bandaid works better as I had used white medical tape at first and all the others were pecking at poor little Paddlefoot`s feet. Either it was a conincidence that the novelty wore off or the colour of the bandaid was less interesting.
    Good luck. Maybe if you can post a photo the more experienced BYCers will have added or different advice.

    And...I left the splint on for 5 days and still noticed one toe was just slightly off so resplinted for another 5 days.
     
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  3. funfeatheredfeet

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    Oh, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You!!!! What a brilliant idea...little paddle feet! Gonna go get a cereal box, right now, and get to work! I, soooooooooooooooooo, appreciate you!!!
    God Bless you many times over!
    Hugs, Rhonda
     
  4. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck. I hope it works for your little one....let me know how things turn out.
     

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