I'm a chicken newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lrosel88, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. lrosel88

    lrosel88 New Egg

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    Hi all
    I'm completely new to owning chickens and decided to hatch our own eggs.
    We had 7 out of 9 hatch. We seem to have 3 with splay leg :-( is there anything I should be doing?
    They are now over 24 hours old and seem to be getting to the food ok.

    Also I have no idea what we have hatched. If I post some pics could anyone have a guess for me?

    Thanks x
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  2. lrosel88

    lrosel88 New Egg

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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Splay leg is treatable if it is done early. Just make certain that it is splay leg and not a slipped achilles tendon. The following links should help you out. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/spraddle-leg-in-baby-chicks-what-is-it.html, https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry As far as the breed of your chicks, they are awful difficult to determine when they are that young as there are so many chick breeds that look so similar. You might try posting the pics on our What Breed and Gender is This? section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this, and let our experts there take a crack at it. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in treating your chicks' splay leg.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask plenty of questions! We are all here to help. [​IMG]
    Good luck with your splay legged chicks!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry about your little chick. Yes, definitely check out the link on Podiatry that Michael has linked for you. Here it is again...https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    There is a section on hobbling them up when they have splay leg. It can take several days for them to gain enough strength that you can take the bandaid off.

    Good luck with this baby and keep us posted on his condition! :)
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received good advice above.
     
  8. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree! :)
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the problems with the chicks, hope they recover.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you have a grippy surface in the brooder that gives them better footing. Sometimes they get splayed legs from being on slick newspaper. The hobble method with bandages works well for most chicks if you don't delay. Sometimes the feet straighten out as early as a day or two.
     

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