Newborn Spraddle Leg? Help, please!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WriterRiderChick, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. WriterRiderChick

    WriterRiderChick In the Brooder

    Well, three of my six Silkie eggs (the ones left after the day 14 candling) finally hatched. It was a late hatch (day 23), and two of the chicks seem to have leg issues. One chick's toes are clenched/curled, and I'm wondering at what point I should address that.

    Also, another chick has an issue where it's legs don't exactly splay out to the sides, but they camp way out in front of him, so he's sitting on his butt most of the time with those legs wide and out in front. Is this treated the same as spraddled legs (i.e. with the "hobble?") [​IMG]

    Any and all advice is much appreciated. This is my first hatch, and I dearly want to do right by these babies. Thanks in advance!
  2. WillsMama93

    WillsMama93 Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Shreveport, La
    I think the earlier you address the curled toes, the better.. Electrical tape makes a good splint for curled toes, according to one of the other posts on the subject. maybe do a search on the message boards to find out how to splint the toes? I'm not sure about the leg thing though.

    Good luck with your babies!
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
  4. WriterRiderChick

    WriterRiderChick In the Brooder

    Thanks, Willsmama and Envirogirl! Yes, I've seen pictures of duct tape used as toe splints, but since these chicks are just going on a day old I wasn't sure if I should give those feet some time to uncurl.

    Has anyone else dealt with these issues before?
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I've never had the curled toes but I do know it needs addressed right off the bat...cardboard and taped....the spaddle leg the same as soon as you can get a bandaid fitted between the legs and leave for a acouple days...

    Do a search in the blue for both, might be pics...
  6. WriterRiderChick

    WriterRiderChick In the Brooder

    Tuffoldhen, thanks so much! Well, I went ahead and splinted the little toes with electrical tape and hobbled the the other chick with vet wrap, which I use for horses usually, but which is great for feathered Silkie legs since it doesn't have any adhesive (and yet sticks to itself beautifully). The hobbled chick is still camped out in front, but hopefully he'll find his balance at some point.

    Thanks, everyone, and keep that advice comin' if ya got it.
  7. WriterRiderChick

    WriterRiderChick In the Brooder

    Our spraddle-legged chick seems to be doing much better after only a day with the hobbles on, but I'm sorry to report we lost the little one with the curled toes. It was just too weak, and when we woke up this morning it had died. [​IMG]
  8. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Wow, this is exactly what one of my chicks is doing! I was worried it was sick. Gonna try the bandaid trick tomorrow. This site is great!
  9. Vanislandchick

    Vanislandchick In the Brooder

    May 20, 2010
    Vancouver Island
    How long do you wait after your chicks hatch with a curled toe to see if it will straighten? I have one that is about 20 mins old and hardly dry yet but seems to have it's outermost toe a bit curled under [​IMG]
  10. juliette2009

    juliette2009 Songster

    Apr 27, 2009
    Wadmalaw Island, SC

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