Is this Straddle leg?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shamrock 725, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Shamrock 725

    Shamrock 725 New Egg

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    [​IMG]She has started this in the last 24 hours. No obvious wounds or swelling on her legs or feet. She alternates sides never both legs at once. She will stand and walk but looks very different when walking, almost like an extreme waddle and like a platypus. She makes a V it seems with her legs[​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You can try using strips of vet wrap or paper tape to hobble her with her legs about 1 1/4 inches apart. Some use bandaids. Vet wrap is much easier to get off and replace to check how they are walking. In my chick, it took about 3-4 days of hobbles to get him walking okay. In the first pic her legs look okay, but in the loose shavings later they look splayed. Having a good surface to walk on that isn't slippery or too soft may help a lot. Poultry vitamins in the water may help.
     
  3. Shamrock 725

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    I did the vet wrap as suggested, I have noticed since it's been on, when she stands up she just falls over and get up again,or falls to her side and can't get back up. What do I do?
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You might try putting her legs a bit farther apart, and making it more narrow each day.If it is spraddle leg, it can take a few days of the splinting to help. She may have something wrong other than splay or spraddle leg. There is a leg problem called slipped tendon, and some other leg bone deformities which usually cannot be fixed. The first 2 links are about splay leg, and the others are about other leg problems:
    http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/04/spraddle-leg.html
    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
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/978353/rooster-chick-with-weird-leg
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1051/leg-health-in-large-broilers/

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    slipped tendon photo by ciqala
     

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