i just hatched 18 chicks from assorted eggs. 3 of them have legs that go in diffrent directions @ cant walk. my wife has put a bandade around 1 of the chicks legs to hold them together @ it can stand on its own. any idea why?
This is called "spraddle legs". It's fairly common and easily treated.
1) Replace your flooring in the brooder with something less slick. Newspaper is bad, drawer liner foam is good. Paper towels, if "quilted" work great. This keeps the chicks in control of their legs.
2) Split a bandage lengthwise so it interferes with the chicks movement and comfort a bit less. Wrap the sticky portions around their legs to keep the legs from splaying.
3) You may want to keep the 3 isolated for a few days, since they will get run over constantly by the others. Keep the food and water close to them since they have very limited mobility with the bandage in place.
4) Remove the bandage after a few days. I usually go 5 days to be sure. If the legs still spraddle, reapply the bandages. This almost always works.