How do you do that band-aid thing?

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  1. chickenmum

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    I have a chick with a sprawled leg. It seems like I saw something on here about using a band-aid for it.
    I don't want to actually hurt it instead of helping it; how do you do it?
     
  2. M@M@2four

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    Mar 12, 2008
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  3. M@M@2four

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    Also, wanted to say I have had spraddle leg a few times and when you first tape them, be prepared they will flip over and fall over. I like to get them use to the band-aid on carpet--that way they have better traction. Also, use a SMALL chick water(the kind with a very small rim)--the quail kind--they can fall backwards in their water and drown--have personally had this happen nad have heard of lots of cases in which it happened! Good luck! Oh, I keep the band-aid on for about 3 days and it works EVERY time! The link I posted for you in my previous post is of someone's chick with severe spraddle leg--mine's never been that bad, but I treat them with the band-aid the same way! [​IMG]
     
  4. 19sarah90

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    I wish I had known of this method (or at least of this forum) way back when I had a spraddle-legged chickie. She lived for a couple months before a coon got ahold of her.
     
  5. M@M@2four

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    Quote:Awww...sorry to hear that! [​IMG] But always remember, when you know better, you do better! Now you know what to do next time it happens! Live and learn! [​IMG]
     
  6. chickenmum

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    Thanks alot!!! Does it help when it is spraddled to the back?
     
  7. Someone posted on mine post a month or so ago so hold on and I'll get it.
     
  8. OK HERE IT IS
    THIS WAS BY POSTER Glenda L Heywood:

    ORTHOPEDICS FOR POULTRY MADE EASY FOR BEGINNERS
    By D.C. Townsend

    These treatments have been tested and proven effective. I developed them for peafowl but they
    may be used for any poultry. The key to success is to begin treatment promptly. In some cases delay
    will kill or cripple the chick.

    CHICK SHOE
    Not Actual Size
    HALF SHOE
    Not Actual Size
    In the 1995 hatch, I had a number of peachicks with a kink in the outer toe of one or both feet.
    They were well past a week old when I decided that I must do something about it. I made HALF SHOES of black pipe cleaner. I tore off a quarter inch-wide stripe of duck tape several inches long and secured
    the HALF SHOE to the middle and the outer toe. Several days of treatment were needed. Some of the
    HALF SHOES came off and had to be taped on again, but all treated peachicks had straight toes at the
    end of the treatment. There is a young peacock that I missed treating. Now it is too late and he will
    always have a kink in his outer toe


    HOBBLE BRACE
    ACHILLES TENDON OUT OF THE GROOVE
    When the Achilles tendon slips out of the groove on the hock joint, a peachick will not be able to
    straighten its leg. The problem needs prompt attention because the struggling peachick will put
    its weight on the hock joint which will damage the skin and cause swelling in the joint. The tendon
    can be pushed back in place with just one finger or a very gentle squeeze between the thumb and index
    finger. Sometimes just one treatment will give a complete cure that seems like a miracle. Other
    times several treatments are needed. Stubborn cases require advanced treatment that is too difficult to
    explain here. I treated both legs of a peachick for two weeks; She grew up to be a healthy peahen.

    STRADDLE LEGS
    This problem can occur even if you take the precaution of having quarter inch hardware cloth
    under your peachicks. Sometimes it is caused by the struggles of a chick with its toes rolled into
    fists. In that case, both problems must be treated at the same time. I cut a piece of tape four or
    five inches long and from the HOBBLE BRACE with the legs far enough apart so that the peachick can walk. The tape must go the whole way around and cover its sticky side so that it does not stick to the
    peachick's fuzz when it sits down. Usually 24 hours of treatment is sufficient, but sometimes more is
    required. CHICK SHOES and the HOBBLE BRACE can be used at the same time.
     

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