Leg problem on new chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bantymama, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. Bantymama

    Bantymama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This little guy hatched this afternoon about 1:30. He can walk a few steps and then his legs go out to the sides. Just wondering since he isn't very old yet will they get better or do i need to do the bandaid thing and hope they go back. I did it to a pheasant last year and it worked. This is my only silkie i got to hatch out so i don't want to lose him.
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Looks like classic splayed legs to me. You can search "splayed legs" for ideas how to fix it.

    Basically though. You take a bandaid and tape the two legs together at the right distance and that way the muscles can get oriented right so it can stand.

    Edit: Example of after tape.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=20133
     
  3. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    agree.

    vitamins in water might help..

    you might want to try some of that rubber-like
    kitchen cabinet liner for non skid and better 'grip" for the feet.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2008
  4. Bantymama

    Bantymama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will give it a try, dh is finding a bandaid now. What causes this to happen.
     

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