Splay leg help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hatchingfun, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. Hatchingfun

    Hatchingfun New Egg

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    Hi, I hope someone can help me. I have a 3 day old Quail chick with what I think is splay leg. He pushes one of his legs in particular to the side and sort of pushes it around to move (like he's swimming doing breaststroke). We've tried making him a brace but after getting stuck upside down for ages he just lies with his legs poker straight behind him. We left it overnight to see if he'd get used to it but no luck so decided to take it off so he could eat and drink, there might have been a tiny improvement but not much. But the weird thing is he can't seem to stand with it on because he holds hig legs rigid and straight, toes pointing backwards, does that sound like there's something else wrong? I can bend his legs myself but he doesn't seem to do it, really want to help this little guy. If I hold him in my hand he almost tries to stand on the tips of his toes, like he can't bend his feet
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Put some poultry vitamins in his water, in case it is a vitamin deficiency. Leg bone deformities are very common in all poultry. Slipped tendon, varus valgus deformity, tibial dyschondroplasia, and twisted legs. Most of those have no cure, but using a home made chick chair to get him upright, and a hobble if he has splayed legs may help. Here are a few articles to read:
    http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/04/spraddle-leg.html
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1051/leg-health-in-large-broilers/
    https://www.researchgate.net/public..._of_the_intertarsal_joint_in_broiler_chickens

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  3. Hatchingfun

    Hatchingfun New Egg

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    That's wonderful thank you, I'll get reading and make a list :)
     

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