Splay leg duckling, when and how to help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GBov, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    It is about two hours out of the eggs with legs widely splayed. I think its claws got caught on the floor wire in the 'bator and it did a split.

    My brain is trying to tell me all about taping legs together but no details lol.

    So how do I help this little critter?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    If you have vet wrap you can cut 1 inch strip and place the legs in a normal position, and tape them there for at least three days. Bandaids are used in baby chicks. If you can, Google "splay leg chicken," and you should see several good links to read, such as Poultry Pedia Podiatry page.
  3. Theofire88

    Theofire88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2015
    Also, doesn't pipe-cleaner work? Just put a loop around each leg and then twine them into the right place. This is what I have learned. Is this correct? I hope so, or do you have to use tape?

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by