Splay leg chick, panting? help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Narihde, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Narihde

    Narihde Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2014
    So a few chicks hatched out yesterday and one is kinda acting strange.
    It's panting and just won't be around the other chicks.
    It's legs are far apart and it cannot walk.
    Any suggestions?
    Awhile back I saw a post on how to help chicks with legs that are apart like that with a bandaid.
    Please help!
  2. Free as a Bird

    Free as a Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2014
    New England
    Hello! I have a book called Storey's guide to raising chickens. It has some information on this subject.
    It says that splayed legs can be caused by too much heat or too slippery surface.
    Do you have them on newspaper? Paper towels are a less slippery option.
    Also "A chick with one or both legs splayed must have its legs hobbled, or mechanically brought together, to help the chick stand until its muscles develop sufficiently to let it stand on it's own. The hobble should be made of something soft and flexible that will not cut into the leg or bind, as string or yard would. ...A Band-Aid is handier and the gauze pad may be used as a spacing guide to get the legs to an appropriate distance" (Damerow).
    I have not tried any of these techniques but this book has been trustworthy.
    Again, from Storey's Guide, not my word

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