mild splay leg in 5 week old chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HR Patterson, May 13, 2008.

  1. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got some new chicks and discovered one has mild splay leg. He is a bantam cochin, about 5 weeks old, and gets around but he waddles. Do you think it has a chance of being corrected with the hobble method?
     
  2. DuckLady

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    If it is mild, absolutely! You need to get it hobbled ASAP so the bones don't have the chance to grow splayed.
     
  3. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay; not sure how I'll do it, with the feathered legs and all. I think I'll try my daughter's pony tail tie for a couple of days, then maybe cut a sponge. The make-up sponge is too small, so I've got to get a cleaning sponge. Wondering how I'll get his feet in the holes. Wish me luck!
     
  4. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    How s your chick doing? I have a 5 weeker that is wobbling too. Mine must also be a mild splay. I have been watching her for a week and it is not getting better. I have tried the sponge and the hobble but she can't get around with them. I must not be doing it correctly.
     
  5. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I didn't see this sooner.

    He is a she and she's doing great, thanks for asking! At first, I didn't think it would work. We used our daughter's ponytail ties and they seemed to slip a bit. We finally "gave up" after a few weeks and took them off. She hobbled around for a few days then seemed to adjust and walks just like the roo does now. I hope yours turned out well, too.
     

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