Question about Splayed Legs??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickie Mamma, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I have a little chick with one leg that is going outward. I have band-aided the legs and it will only lay on its side. Is this normal for them to do this? Its peeping and I have been giving it vitamin water by hand. How long do I have to leave the band aid on? Thanks..
     
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks usually lay any kind of way: side, back, stomach
     
  3. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Master S.M.C :

    The chicks usually lay any kind of way: side, back, stomach

    Thanks... its horrible to watch. My kids are making me crazy. Do you know how many days it will take for the leg to straighten?​
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    if it is splaid it is coming from the hip and no splint will help. The chick can live but only if the other leg does not splay as well (you will know in a few weeks if the other leg is going to go). When I took mine to the vet they said it was a genetic thing that came from a nutritional problem of gene problem when the egg was laid. The problem is that most of the other birds will pick on it and step on it and it will get sores on its belly from lying down so much if you dont keep it clean. I did not cull mine and was VERY lucky to find it a good home as a pet.

    the way i see it there are too options cull now or wait. Cull it now if you dont want a special needs chick, or if you dont think it will have a good life.

    Sorry I know it is upsetting. I posted about mine a while back i can pull the pics to see if they look the same.
     
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  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    not a good pic but here was my little guy, his leg now has completely rotated to the back but the other leg did not turn in also so I kept her using her as a chick brooder-cuddler but would always have to take the chicks away after they got to 2-3 weeks in age because they would start stepping on her. Also i would wait until the chicks were a few days old to put in with her because she crushed one by mistake once.

    This was her a few weeks old she has beautiful coloring now and is 8 weeks old and living with another wonderful BYC member

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  6. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Quote:Thanks for the pics and advice. Mine I don't think its that severe yet. Its definately noticeable. There are only 2 other little chicks in there with him, so I don't have to worry about crushing etc. I'll try for a couple days. Hopefully it will straighten. I just don't know how long to keep it like that. I guess I can tell once I take off the bandaid. Thanks again!
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    mine turned outwards over a period of a week or so, it started just a little bit then each day it would rotate more and more until it was behind her. Good luck!
     
  8. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Thanks for the luck!! This little one has had a rough 3 days already! Had a large fluid filled lump in its neck (crop) it was drowning in the shell so I had to help. Lump went down and now the leg.. It will have some stories to tell [​IMG]
     
  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    oh sounds like the first few days have been tough [​IMG] but what does not kill us makes us stronger I hope [​IMG]
     
  10. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    I had 1 like that.I designed a sling and she was healed in a couple days.
     

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