new keets legs not working

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by DK, May 14, 2010.

  1. DK

    DK Out Of The Brooder

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    I hatched about 30 guinea keets out and two of the bunch legs are spread out and they can not stand up. Is this something that will go away in a day or two are do I need to do something to help them? DK
     
  2. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
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    take a small bandaid realy small for a keet and use the padded part as a spacing between the legs and wrap the sticky part around each leg to hold its legs togehter and it should learn to walk after a few days. it takes to people to get the bandaid on. its called spradled leg. mostly caused by slick bedding. paper towels are good so does rubber shelf liner as is what i use. news paper is to slick. i have one that its toes is curled under. anyone have any sugestions for that. hope i could help
     
  3. Jplejeune

    Jplejeune Out Of The Brooder

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    get some 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch hardware cloth and let them walk on that as a bottom to their brooder. It gives there feet something to grab on too as they walk over time they will return to normal.
     
  4. N2Nuttin

    N2Nuttin New Egg

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    Quote:Newbie here... both to the forum and the world of keets. We got 20 new keets yesterday, and out of those 1 is not walking.. His legs are spread out. Read the post and have a question... the band aid method, do you put one band aid on each leg with the pads facing into each other, or do you band aid the legs together? Sorry for needing the explanation, both I want to do this right, as I can not stand to see it this way. Thanks for your help.
     
  5. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    one band aid. use the pad has the space between the legs. keets are very small so you will need a small bandaid. chicks u would use a bigger one.
     
  6. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    Bloomington, Indiana
    I hatched 10 keets out the other day, and all of them were spraddle legged (except for one who's feet were curled up and it couldn't walk either... [​IMG] )...

    They hatched out on paper towels, which everything else I've hatched has done fine on, but they all looked like little spraddle legged frogs to begin with...

    But, they all straightened up just fine. Put them on wood shavings in the brooder and in a little while they strengthened up and are all good.
     
  7. CAChickenNewbee

    CAChickenNewbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I "saved" a keet from the feed store that couldn't stand and had one foot with the curls turned under - she couldn't stand to get to food and water and they were going to destroy her..... I used the bandaid splint and also made a "boot" out of bandaid and index card. The time span on these photos is only about 8 hours. As soon as I got the splint on the legs, the baby stood right up on her hocks. Her toes were curled under, so I made the boot. After two days she kicked the boot off and I removed the splint. She is totally fine now at 2 1/2 weeks old.
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    Here is Snowshoe today (at 2.5 weeks old)

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    I couldn't believe how fast she healed. She was so lonely, I had to head to the feed store the next day to get her a buddy, "Rocket" - that's another story....I hope this helps.
     
  8. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snowshoe is sooo cute. Glad she is doing better. Is Rocket a chicken or a guinea. Hope she is happy with her new friend.
     
  9. CAChickenNewbee

    CAChickenNewbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rocket is a crazy guinea that moves at the speed of light.....He/she is impossible to catch and is terribly nonsense. I was scared at first to put Rocket in the brooder with Snowshoe as he would go crazy everytime I put my hand in there to change water/food or clean things up. When I separated them, though, they were both terribly lonely - so I just left things alone. They get along very well and Rocket is very protective. As luck would have it, I was at the feed store last weekend and they finally got some Ameraucana chickens in....so now I have 6 chickens that are 7 weeks old outside in the coop and 3 two week old babies in the brooder along with the two guineas. Amazingly enough, the guineas accepted the new chickens without any fuss. I swear, that completes my flock.

    I am terrified to think of the first day I let rocket out in the yard, though. I may never see him again. I will take the advice of others on the site and lock him in the coop/run for about six weeks, trained with white millet...
     
  10. CAChickenNewbee

    CAChickenNewbee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forgot to add the photo...
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