Spraddle Leg Treatment for Feather Legged Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by suebee, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    After an agonizing, painful and non successful use of the band-aid or tape method for spraddle or splayed legs on my newborn Silkie chick, DH came up with an idea that cured after just 24 hours. This method could be used for any breed of chick, especially feathered leg breeds.

    Get an elastic hair band like in the picture below.


    Cut the metal part off. Tie the two open ends together securely. Cut a 2 inch piece of tape lengthwise. Twist the hair band several times in the middle and place the tape around the twist like below.


    Place each leg of the chick in the looped ends. In the pic it's hard to see the right side leg but you get the idea.


    I noticed the chick's corrected legs after 24 hours and removed the band. The chick walked perfectly after that. I'd just observe your chick each day to see how it's walking.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2010
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  2. nsanywhere

    nsanywhere Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2010
    genius! I'm going to try that next time.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Cool idea! Glad it worked.
  4. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Thanks. Pulling that band-aid off- full of leg feathers with the chick just screaming it's head off traumatized us to the max. Never again.
    This method worked GREAT!
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Wow, very good idea. Older post, but with so many of us hatching right now this should float up again.
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    What a great idea...I think this is a great idea for featherless also [​IMG] Thanks for sharing [​IMG]
    Kudos to ur hubby!
  7. Chicky Mama

    Chicky Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mornin' All, Is 2 weeks old to late to try this.I've got a Sultan chick that I hatched. It's leg is sticking out behind the chick like a kickstand and kinda twisting it's foot up in the process. I wish I could but,I'm not good enough to make a teeny tiny hip brace for it. [​IMG] I got 3 chicks out of 6 eggs so I'm really disappointed that this happened. Do you think this idea might work for its problem or is 2 weeks to old to bother? I just had to put down a Sultan cockrel from a hatchery that had a locked knee\\leg problem too. I need to find out if that's just a Sultan thing. Plus out of 3 chicks I'm afraid it mite be the only girl too. [​IMG] Please let me know if you think there's time to correct it .[​IMG] Thanks!
  8. biddybird

    biddybird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Salado Texas
    I've bred show pigs for years and they also can experience spraddle leg problems. I found that if you cut vet wrap down to a small strip and twist several times to make a figure 8 it will make a kind of mold. I've used it on several chicks, clean leg and hairy and it worked well. Work it in your fingers and it will take the sticky off. You can adjust to the size by making extra twist to tighten on their little legs. Stays on well and cuts off easy. Worked wonders and didn't seem to bother the leg hair on the silkies. [​IMG][​IMG] I have now started lining my hatcher and brooder with the rubber mats for cabinets and have had no spraddle leg!!! It works wonders and you can clean it with soapy water, throw them in the washer with a little bleach and reuse.
  9. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Oh thanks guys for bumping this up. I should have posted in diseases, conditions. Yes Hangin Wit My Peeps, Dh "invented" this version of a no-pain hobble so he gets the credit. [​IMG]
    Chicky Mama, I had a baby that was born with what your describing but unfortunately I had to cull. This method is for chicks who's legs are spread far apart and are sitting on their butts. By all means try it thought!

    I know this hair band hobble cured my chick in only one day...it's as good as new, although I still might call it "Forest", as in "Run Forest Run!" from Forest Gump. Don't know if it's a girl or boy yet! [​IMG]
  10. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    Very good idea! It is awful when using the bandaids and it rips out their feathers.....gotta hurt!!! Poor things. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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