Poult Leg Splint

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by paoniapoultry, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. paoniapoultry

    paoniapoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    A few of my poults, now at age 3 weeks, have developed leg issues. I posted a few days ago and have changed their diet and I am feeding more protein and more vitamins. However they are not getting better with diet (but thankfully no one else has developed these leg issues). One of them really can't walk, it can hop around on one leg, but it holds the other leg up, the leg is often shaking, and it does not use it at all. I have seen this website http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html about the spraddle leg, but that is not really my issue. I am afraid taping it's two legs together will make it unable to move at all. I am wondering if anyone knows about actually using a splint (a small stick or popsicle stick) taped to the bad leg.

    My other poult has a funny knee joint on both legs (it actually looks swollen), cannot walk super great on both legs and just kind of waddles around. It can't seem to straighten it's legs at the knee joint. Again, taping method for spraddle leg does not seem appropriate and I am wondering about sticks taped to both it's legs to try and straighten them. [​IMG]

    Or maybe it's time to cull.... sigh [​IMG]

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. paoniapoultry

    paoniapoultry Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone?
     
  3. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hopefully more people will chime in here. being 3 weeks old they are probably big enough you could use a popsicle stick, or maybe a straw sliced down and put the leg in it then taped to keep the straw closed- if you know what i mean. it doesnt sound like straddle legged so i wouldnt tape both legs together, that might make your situation worse. try supporting the bad leg and see how that goes, also maybe give those Poly vi sol baby vitamin drops (without iron!) maybe that will help too. sadly i have had leg issues with day old poults and chicks and i never had any survive. yours being 3 weeks old already should have a better chance tho so dont lose hope! maybe if you could snap a pic to give us an idea of how the poult is using his good leg and holding the bad leg..
    good luck keep us posted!

    i dont really know what to say about the other poult tho, hopefully someone with more knowledge will have advice.
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    At 3 weeks it gets harder to fix... did it just start? Can you post some pics?
     

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