Hi everyobody

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Daniel dean, May 18, 2017.

  1. Daniel dean

    Daniel dean Just Hatched

    May 18, 2017
    Hi everybody,ive had chickens for about a year with no problems,but recently I have hatched a few in an incubator,the 1st 2 buff Orpington/light sussex cross were fine,but I have hatched a few cream legbar,purely so I could tell the sex as soon as they were born.I have a little cockerel and a little hen,the problem is with the hen chick,i thought it had spraddle leg,so I hobbled the legs for a week,but unfortunately when the hobble was removed,it still had one leg sticking out to the side.Is it possible to leave a hobble on a chicken as it grows,as it seems to get to where it wants as long as the hobble is left on,or is this a cruel thing to do,i just wanted other opinions,apart from the leg issue it seems to be developing IE feathering etc fine.Any opinions or advice would be great,i did not want to cull a chicken when it could live fairly happily.
  2. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand Premium Member

    Apr 22, 2016
    DeForest, WI
    I'm not certain, but I believe you can continue to use the hobble for a longer time, more than a week. I would. Someone will likely correct me if not:D. You did the right thing. Don't know if some vitamins might help? Hope the bird improves for you.
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  3. chickisoup

    chickisoup one Blessed chicki Premium Member

    You can, and should, leave it on longer just be sure to adjust as it grows. The added vitamins (maybe Nutridrench) would be a good idea as well. Sounds like it is possible the poor baby has a hip issue. I would go check in the illness and injury forum for more ideas.

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to pull up a roost and join our flock!!! :woot
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Daniel

    Glad you could join us here! Sorry to hear about the issues you are having but you have some advice above.

    Good luck and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    without seeing the bird, I would think the problem is in the hip and not leg. So hobbling wouldn't help.

    If you could get some good photos showing the problem - please post them at
    "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread. Maybe they could tell.
  7. Daniel dean

    Daniel dean Just Hatched

    May 18, 2017
    Hi thanks for the replies they are most helpful,im thinking the hip also,but without the hobble,she cant even stand upright,im thinking long term really,i think the only way to know,is to let her keep going and see how she copes,when shes mixed with more chickens,then the problems may start.
    regards dan.......

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