Older chick - Splayed legs treatment

labelcherky

Chirping
Sep 10, 2015
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8
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I just noticed today that I have an older silkie whose legs are splayed. I feel terrible for not noticing before now! She has extra long feathers and tends to stay under the Brinsea heater.

Anyone have experience with treating older chicks? It's about 7-8 weeks old.

Thanks.
 

sylviethecochin

Free Ranging
Jun 14, 2017
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11,297
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Central PA
According to this site (which I consider to be perhaps the ultimate authority in chicken leg-fixing) it's probably too late to fix it, but you can try anyway. Do make sure it's not perosis.

Leg Hobbles
KEEP IN MIND: You need to help a chick daily by gently scratching itchy spots that the Leg Hobbles prevent it from reaching with its feet. If you don't scratch places like the back of its neck for the chick where it cannot, it will be pretty miserable and can develop a terribly itchy, swollen welt from lack of normal skin stimulation.
  • CAUTION: A young chick wearing Leg Hobbles can't get up easily or stand easily. It can fall and drown if it stumbles near a water container. See "Prevent Drowning in Water Dish" section.
  • Use to treat Splayed Leg (also called "Splay Leg", "Spraddle Leg", and "Straddle Leg"), which is often caused by hatching problems or poor flooring.
  • Leg Hobbles (also called "Hobble Braces") have the best chance of being effective if put on within 1 to 3 days of hatch, and usually correct Splayed Leg within 3 to 6 days in a newly hatched chick.
  • Leg Hobbles help keep a young chick from trying to incorrectly twist hip and leg out sideways. Once the chick has Hobbles on, it will usually experiment with turning its legs forwards (like it should) instead of twisting one leg or both legs out to the side. The little chick will gradually wobble less and not use its wing for support as much, and will try stepping ahead. Once the chick learns that correct walking is the most effective motion and the chick reprograms its brain, you can begin leaving the Hobbles off for increasing periods of time.
  • Be sure to change Hobbles at least every 2 days since a chick is growing fast and tape will quickly become too tight to allow growth & circulation.
  • These should be put on lower legs (below hocks) and allow enough room for the chick to stand with its legs a little farther apart than normal standing position so chick can balance and practice walking.
  • Can be made from sports tape, Band-Aids, Velcro (make sure only soft side touches legs), etc. Can also use elastic hair-band in figure-8 around legs with tape wrapped around section between legs.
    • To keep the chick from wriggling out of Hobbles, use vertical wraps of sports tape (or masking tape or sticky section of band-aids) around the section between the two legs to more firmly tape the center section together.
    • If chick is over 4 days old and extra stiffness is needed to help keep legs apart, reinforce center section. Use extra sports tape wrapped vertically, pipe cleaners, thin piece of taped-on cardboard, etc.
    • For sensitive or feathered legs, put a little piece of paper towel (to cover the tape's stickiness) on just the section of the tape that wraps around the chick's legs.


Good luck. Hope she does well.
 

AmandaMBG

Songster
5 Years
Apr 16, 2016
548
78
136
Southern Utah
I would try to fix it. Seperate out and use bandaids to put legs into a normal position. Change them out every day or two and check progress when you change them out. I had a chick that got it once and I did get him 2 day old bantams to keep him company since he really couldn't be with the other chicks. They ended up being best friends.
 

57birdlover

In the Brooder
Jul 16, 2020
28
61
46
According to this site (which I consider to be perhaps the ultimate authority in chicken leg-fixing) it's probably too late to fix it, but you can try anyway. Do make sure it's not perosis.

Leg Hobbles
KEEP IN MIND: You need to help a chick daily by gently scratching itchy spots that the Leg Hobbles prevent it from reaching with its feet. If you don't scratch places like the back of its neck for the chick where it cannot, it will be pretty miserable and can develop a terribly itchy, swollen welt from lack of normal skin stimulation.
  • CAUTION: A young chick wearing Leg Hobbles can't get up easily or stand easily. It can fall and drown if it stumbles near a water container. See "Prevent Drowning in Water Dish" section.
  • Use to treat Splayed Leg (also called "Splay Leg", "Spraddle Leg", and "Straddle Leg"), which is often caused by hatching problems or poor flooring.
  • Leg Hobbles (also called "Hobble Braces") have the best chance of being effective if put on within 1 to 3 days of hatch, and usually correct Splayed Leg within 3 to 6 days in a newly hatched chick.
  • Leg Hobbles help keep a young chick from trying to incorrectly twist hip and leg out sideways. Once the chick has Hobbles on, it will usually experiment with turning its legs forwards (like it should) instead of twisting one leg or both legs out to the side. The little chick will gradually wobble less and not use its wing for support as much, and will try stepping ahead. Once the chick learns that correct walking is the most effective motion and the chick reprograms its brain, you can begin leaving the Hobbles off for increasing periods of time.
  • Be sure to change Hobbles at least every 2 days since a chick is growing fast and tape will quickly become too tight to allow growth & circulation.
  • These should be put on lower legs (below hocks) and allow enough room for the chick to stand with its legs a little farther apart than normal standing position so chick can balance and practice walking.
  • Can be made from sports tape, Band-Aids, Velcro (make sure only soft side touches legs), etc. Can also use elastic hair-band in figure-8 around legs with tape wrapped around section between legs.
    • To keep the chick from wriggling out of Hobbles, use vertical wraps of sports tape (or masking tape or sticky section of band-aids) around the section between the two legs to more firmly tape the center section together.
    • If chick is over 4 days old and extra stiffness is needed to help keep legs apart, reinforce center section. Use extra sports tape wrapped vertically, pipe cleaners, thin piece of taped-on cardboard, etc.
    • For sensitive or feathered legs, put a little piece of paper towel (to cover the tape's stickiness) on just the section of the tape that wraps around the chick's legs.


Good luck. Hope she does well.
What is the treatment is it is perosis? My rooster has a crooked toe on each foot, but just 2 days ago his leg turned out, he is hobbling and cant jump up a step without difficulty and unsteadiness
 

Chicksandpups

Hatching
Jun 5, 2021
1
1
1
I had a 3-4 month old chick who suddenly started staggering and eventually got to a point where she could not stand at all, unassisted. Her legs would splay (complete splits) either side to side or front to back. Not being sure of the cause, I tried EVERYTHING. Lots of vitamin B (hard boiled eggs, Vit B supplements, VetRx, NutriDrench, using surgical tape to tape her legs 3-4" apart. I separated her from the flock because they picked on her horribly. She came inside at night and was out in a pen on the lawn during the day. Then the left leg started supporting her without tape, but the right dragged and folded back (like with a back injury on a dog). I bought a tiny dog sandal (wide and flat) to help the right foot be more solid. It took 6 weeks of forcing liquid vitamins into her mouth, pushing her to eat, taping her legs, buying her sandals but finally, bit by bit, she started standing up with BOTH legs! She's still a bit wobbly, but she's back in the flock and able to walk and run. Still not ready to perch, but I'm hoping she'll get there!
 

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