Alright so I hatched 2 sepereate batches of chicks from 2 different stock. The first hatch great, the second, the only 3 that survived have splay leg, not real bad they still get around walking but theyre legs are not under theyre body they are out to the side. I have never had issues with this before so its kind of got me wondering, could there be any chance this is a hereditory thing? Ok so the flooring is the same I have used for other birds the first few days, I use wash clothes, lots of traction and the shelf liner with the holes in it thats kind of foamy? Not sure what its called, I have used both for awhile now with ducks chickens quail and I have used it with my parrots in the past when I had parrot babies to hand feed etc with no issues. So I dont get why just these three have this splay leg. They are a couple days old and I got there legs hobbled now using this Splay Leg Method http://eggcentricaviary.com/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1139078293 A good friend of mine uses this with her birds who get splay leg with good results some others use foam with holes cut to slip the legs in and others use bandaides. I have never had to hobble before. So I am a bit worried, my friend is coming to pick them up tomorrow as they are hers. They seem to be uncomfortable etc rolling around the brooder, they can stand up on there feet and there legs are close together, the sting is checked frequently to make sure it doesnt tighten up. I am not sure how long we should keep the hobbles on the chicks, I sujessted a week, then take them off and check them out. They just look so uncomfortable and I have to keep a close eye on them to make sure they are able to eat and drink, they have the quail waters so they cant fall in and drown they are very clumsy with the hobbles on. Anyway, anyone else expereinced this and have it fresh in your mind? What did you do? Please spare me the cull them posts and I really dont want to hear about that, everyone deserves a chance at life even if they are not PERFECT in YOUR eyes, thats CRUEL and even know they cant be top breeders because they have a deformality, if they can eat drink and poo on there own they can be someones special needs pets, or whatever. So please spare me that advice. I would never let anyone suffer if they cant take care of themselves.