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Helping chickens out of their egg.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by darcysh, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. darcysh

    darcysh Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello

    I have just hatched 2 silkies and 1 Isa brown cross leghorn. I had to help a silkie out of the egg because it hadn't made any progress 12 hours later. It still can't walk and one leg is out the side. Does any one have any ideas as to what to do with this chicken? [​IMG]

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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    It looks like it has spraddle leg and it's something you need to fix as soon as possible. The longer it continues the harder it is to treat. Here is an article on it ~https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-fix-spraddle-leg

    I would also recomend you take them off the news paper straight away. News paper is slippy and they can't get a good grip on it. Having them on news paper can cause spraddle leg. I would replace with shavings (not cedar). If you dont have shavings you can use kitchen towel/paper or shelf liner. This should give them more grip.

    Good luck with your chick :fl
     
  3. ringholm

    ringholm Out Of The Brooder

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    Typically, helping a chicken out of the egg isn't such a good idea. However, if you found it necessary, then okay :)
    In my country we call it "split-legs", and making a crutch using a straw and rubberband can often help the situation, in about one week.
    You can see this video, from a member of my local community.
     
  4. darcysh

    darcysh Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello
    Are you able to send us a picture of what it looks like please.[​IMG]
     
  5. darcysh

    darcysh Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou for your advice. I have only hatched chickens a few times before so am still getting used to it.
     
  6. RubyNala97

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    Can I ask, when you say "it hadn't made any progress 12 hours later", was it 12 hours after the first external pip? Was there any blood when you were helping? Here's some pics on what you need to do for this chick. You can cut a band aid in half lengthwise and put the cushion part in the middle and wrap the sticky parts around the legs or you can use vet tape if you have it. The vet tape is the best, especially with silkies because it won't rip their feathers when you take it off. If you use the band aid, just use baby oil when you take it off so it doesn't rip the feathers. That leg is pretty severe so you might have to take it off after a few days and replace it. And as it was already stated, the chicks can't be on newspaper, it will make it worse.
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    Eta: make sure to do it ASAP, the sooner the better. And then check to see how it looks after about 5 days. Make sure the chick can walk ok with the tape on and keep marbles in the water so the chick can't fall in and drown.
     
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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    xs 2. Many chicks don't "make progress" for 24 hours. Mine actually average between 12-18 hours overall.
     
  8. darcysh

    darcysh Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry

    It had piped and over night it hadn't done any more and the next morning we could see it was having trouble. I got 16 eggs and only 3 hatched. Unless something to do with incubator
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    We can help you, or try to, troubleshoot what might have happened if you'd like.
     
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  10. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you tape the legs?
     

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