Leg probs in tiny chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sdodom, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. sdodom

    sdodom Hatching

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    I think my baby has splay leg. I have several questions...
    I’ve made a brace with pipe cleaners. She still can’t stand, but will eat and drink. Should she be able to stand? Is she too severe?
    I have four other hatch mates and one about two weeks with her. Will they hurt her?
    Finally, how often should she eat and drink. I will manually feed her through the day and night to make sure she lives. She’s prob half the size of the other chicks.
     

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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    How long did you leave the pipe cleaners on?
    You may want to try vet wrap as shown in the following link
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/spraddle-leg-in-baby-chicks-what-is-it/

    As for the other chicks hurting her - just watch them, it's hard to know. I had one with leg problems recently, the other chicks did not bother him. He was much smaller and began to decline, so he was put down-so something else was going on.
    The only thing you can do is try to fix the legs, keep her eating/drinking and see how it goes. I would also give her 1-2drops of Poultry Nutri-Drench once a day.
     
  3. sdodom

    sdodom Hatching

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    Thanks. I am keeping them stinted. Hoping it helps.
     
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  4. Wyorp Rock

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    Is she able to eat/drink now?

    I hope the stints work for you and she gets better. Please keep us posted.
     
  5. sdodom

    sdodom Hatching

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    I’m having to hold her up to eat and drink.

    I posted another thread about an older chick seeming to be taking care of the baby. Is that normal? She keeps sitting on her.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

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    Do what you can to keep her eating/drinking.
    Chicks do like to huddle/cuddle together, but I'm not sure if the older chick is actually taking care of the baby. Since the little one has leg problems, you may want to separate her to prevent further injury.
     
  7. sdodom

    sdodom Hatching

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    Decided it’s spray leg, not splay leg. Made a sling/ chair this morning. She doesn’t like it but hope it helps.
     

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  8. Wyorp Rock

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    What do you mean by spray leg, not splay leg?

    She is a cutie pie, but she does have a mad expression on her little face:lol: Nice chick chair design!
    I hope she gets better soon.
     
  9. canterlopes

    canterlopes In the Brooder

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    Can you help me figure out how you made that? I have a silkie that is about 3 weeks old and having similar issues to yours.
     

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