I have a 12 hour old button chick with splayed leg. It was like it from hatching. Have terry towelling down from the start and it wasn't getting any better. So I got a little piece of cotton string and tied its legs so its feet when standing don't meet - more of a normal standing position like its sisters and brothers. Oh Boy it was hard to do as it is so small - it is the runt (came from the smallest egg in its group). Its about half the size of the others and is now back in the incubator (has a small compartment in the front - a mini brooder area). Its still so clumbsie even with its legs tied. I was wondering was tieing its legs closer together was the right thing to do? And will it get better? How long should I keep it on for? Also, is there anyway to bulk the little guy up a bit, so it can be put back with its sisters and brothers? Any help would be appreciated. Here is also some photo's. My little runt with spayed legs. In intensive care. Its nest buddies, awaiting his return. These are my special 7. 4 suspected silvers (blonde chicks) and 3 wilds. I lost two. One was deformed (had all its guts inside out- weird and ewwy) when it hatched and the other was one of three breached in egg, the other two I helped out and they are running around like normal. Got no sleep last night, but with a wonderful result. 7 out of 15 alive, not bad for home made incubator. One hatched a week ago but didn't make it. The rest of the guys took overtime and went to 22 days - I guess it is because I have no thermastat. Will have to get one.