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Splay/spraddle leg from possible injury, rubber band isn't working.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ragamama, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. ragamama

    ragamama Just Hatched

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    Wheb I was picking out chicks, there was one little cutie whose one leg was splayed out. It was said that her leg got caught in the turner but with the rubber band trick it should fix itself. A couple days later and I'm not seeing improvement. Is there anything else I can try? Maybe a smaller rubber band? I tried the bandaid but I didn't do it well and she's got feathered legs and it was just a mess. I probably should've passed on her and gotten a different one but I'm a sucker for an injured animal [​IMG] She can get around okay even with her wonky leg and is holding up well, I just want to mke sure I'm doing everything I can to help her.
     
  2. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it possible it's a slipped tendon? Does her leg go to the side or behind her? If it's to the side you can sometimes fix it if the chick isn't too old. You need a good bottom on your brooder she can get a grip on to keep her feet under her. Rubbery shelf liners like in my avatar are good for little guys to keep them from splaying. I also found that sitting the chick in a cup for a while helped them to build muscles needed to keep their legs under them once they had splayed. The cup needs to have a high enough side the chick can not get out, but be narrow enough to keep the feet in the proper position while they have 30 minute therapy sessions in there :)

    If it's a slipped tendon.. I've never had luck fixing that but there are threads out there teaching you how to possibly fix it.
    Good luck!
     
  3. ragamama

    ragamama Just Hatched

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    I have pine shavings in the brooder right now. I might try the cup!! Hers goes out to the side. Do you just do 30 minutes per day? I don't want to traumatize her! I was hoping this bunch would be my 'pet' chickens :p
     
  4. ragamama

    ragamama Just Hatched

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    [​IMG]

    This is what her stance looks like. She flaps her wings out and hobbles everywhere. I'm gonna try the cup therapy and maybe a smaller rubber band. She's really little.
     
  5. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do 30 minutes every 3-4 hours during the day if possible. She will peep and carry on and try to get out of the cup. It should help strengthen her leg though. Since she's a silkie chick a coffee cup or drinking glass should work. If she has problems slipping in the bottom you can add some shavings or folded paper towel down in there to help her keep a grip.

    She's adorable, I hope you can fix it :)

    Her splay is no where near as bad as some I've seen. She may not even need the cup therapy for it to sort out on it's own.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
  6. ragamama

    ragamama Just Hatched

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    I went out to check on her and the other chicks were standing on her and she couldn't get up :/ I'm syringe feeding her some water with probiotics and have her on a heating pad but I'm worried.

    [​IMG]
     

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