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How do emu chicks get splayed legs?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by ShellyBear, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The guy I am talking to about getting a 1 month chick told me that they can get splayed legs and there is no cure. I want to learn as much as I can about this so I can stop it from happening. How is it caused? What do I have to do for it to not happen? Is there an age where they can't get it? Sorry for all the questions but i want to be prepared.
    Thank you!

    Raven
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    i'm not too familair with emus, but in chicks and ducks it is caused by slippery bedding, and there is a cure,[​IMG]
     
  3. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will shavings be to slippery?
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    slippery bedding is like newspaper, so shavings are fine, also with chicks the young ones are way way more likely to get splayed legs than older birds
     
  5. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! You have put my worries to rest.
     
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    birdeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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