Please Help!! Splayed Leg baby Keets (guinea fowl)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dledamun, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. dledamun

    dledamun New Egg

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    I recently purchased 6 baby meets from a breeder. When viewing them we saw one baby we were told had a splayed leg and would either come out of it in a week or so, or would have to be put town in a ziploc bag (horrible if you ask me). We went back a few days later to pick up the meets, and when we got home (a long drive away) saw that we had gotten the splayed leg.

    We thought, well at least we are willing to care for a disabled chicken for a while vs. put it down. We have been patiently waiting 2.5 weeks now and he's no better, and not growing a lot because he has a hard time eating and drinking. The others aren't picking on him and he was not happy being separated so up until now they have all been together. This morning I went in to find one of the older meets (3 times as big) has now also developed a splayed leg. I immediately thought oh no, this must be hereditary or perhaps thee breed is inbred. But when I looked it up, it seems to be a common problem that can sometimes be fixed (with an elastic, bandaid, pipe cleaner etc.) if caught early. Of course for the small check it's been at least 2.5 weeks, and the large one only a day but he's not newborn.

    So, I tried the splint on both. The larger one seems to be hobbling around and potentially may come out of it, especially since it's just happened. However, the smaller one doesn't seem to be able to get up at all, and is just laying there. I separated him so I could watch him more carefully and so he didn't get trampled or feel pressured and stressed (with a mirror for a friend). I have tried 3 different style solutions with different tightnesses, the latest is the band aid since it seems to pull the leg in more properly vs. just pulling them together but still splayed out.

    Please help! Is it too late? Is there something else i should try? Should I see if he picks himself up in a day or so? It is cruel and is he in pain and should be put down? If so what is the most humane way?

    I have always had chickens but these are my first guinea hens/keets and I don't know if this is normal.

    Any help or comments are appreciated.
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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  3. dledamun

    dledamun New Egg

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    Thanks for the posts, I hadn't found these pages! I read them and tried some more of the pointers. The chick doesn't seem to be able to get up with the leg braces on. It just looks like he's bound to me and is unable to pick himself up, he is able to drag himself around a bit to the food, but when i checked on him later he was lying in his waste. We have done some physio today and I think he may be really tired...

    I also think that maybe it has curled toes? Poor thing...

    I will see how he looks tomorrow... I will try to get some photos on here shortly.
     
  4. dledamun

    dledamun New Egg

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    This is the way the leg naturally goes.
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    This is him with the splint, you can see he settles like that and can't pull himself up to walk. Will he eventually?
    This is how the second splint was applied, tried to make it even like the posts. His foot also seems curled, is this correct?
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  5. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    His toes do seem a little curled. You could try bracing those too. I think that with how long he's had splay leg he'll probably have a longer healing process. I think you'll just have to keep separated with one buddy and make sure he always has food and water near him. You'll probably have to move him every now and then to keep him out of his poop.
     
  6. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you think it's possible that they have a vitamin deficiency? I'd start giving Save a chick or something like that.
     
  7. dledamun

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    Well, I sadly must report that the little chick with the spraddle leg passed away a few days ago but the older one is doing a bit better. I have since purchased some electrolyte and vitamin additive for their water and some 4 week + chick grower (I wasn't aware there was different feed for 0-4 weeks and 4weeks plus - thanks to our local feed supply expert and the suggestion they might have a vitamin deficiency. I was also told that the feed doesn't last more than about 6 months and mine was 1yr old (who has enough chicks to use 25lbs in 6 months?)

    Im just watching them on this to see them hopefully improve. I will be checking the leg wrap tomorrow to see if it needs adjusting but he still isn't walking normally. Im hoping we wasn't too old to heal from it but at least this one seems to have no problem getting food and water.

    Thanks all for the great suggestions!
     

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