So if you've been reading my thread on the Mareks Cure Trial you know that my roo has Mareks and is unable to stand. He has been doing this for days and is very uncomfortable. I have him in a wire dog crate so it has a hard bottom. I put hay in it but with all his thrashing around to get comfortable he has moved it to where he is only on the hard plastic bottom. He is also tearing up his leg trying to move around and get comfortable. So I had a brilliant idea. Why not make a sling? I've seen it done fro horses, so I was sure I could make something simple for a chicken. I grabbed some rags that my Dad had hanging around. Just large randomly cut squares of something like terry cloth. I put two large slits towards the end of it, so he doesn't poop inside the sling. The slits are for his legs to go through. Then I put his legs in and sort of wrapped it around him and tied it with a simple double knot. Same one as you tie your shoes with. Then I used another rag, slid it(going the same way as his feathers) under the knot on his back and then tied it to the top of the cage with another double knot. He is suspended slightly above the floor, and he is much more comfortable. The front of the sling is high enough up (right below the beak) so that it doesn't cut off circulation or airways, and allows him to rest his head on it. All in all for the 5 minutes it took me to make this, I think it came out well. I'm just sorry I didn't come up with it sooner so that he would have been more comfortable sooner. This is the sling as a whole. Whole view of the front. The back. The leg slits. Um, his leg is wrapped b/c when he was thrashing around his spur and nails kept cutting his other leg so I wrapped it in a washcloth and vetwrap. If he doesn't thrash around anymore I will remove it. Looks like it's been there for days, but I just did it this morning. The top knot. Back knots. Head resting.