1. TheChickenQueen

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    I have a chick who just hatched yesterday night and needed assistance. Later after being moved to the brooder I noticed that it has spraddle leg, so it now has a medical tape brace. But I'm trying to help it stand and get stable, but nothing appears to be working. Any advice?
     
  2. KittyKat3756

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    Check that it's not a slipped tendon (we're going to have to eat one of our pullets becuase we mistook a slipped tendon for a splayed leg) and if it is really splayed leg then wait and keep changing the bandage. Our chick which had splayed leg for real took about a week to recover.
     
  3. TheChickenQueen

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    It is spraddle leg. I'm worried that it won't make it that long and get trampled.
     
  4. TheChickenQueen

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    Thank you! I had already read one of those but it is always good to know more!
     
  5. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What makes you think that it will get trampled? If you identify the issue/cause, then you can do your best to fix it.
    I can imagine that not enough feeding/drinking space or not enough floor area could cause issues but both of those can be increased in various creative ways. When I had the splayed leg chick, he did get walked over a bit, but there was quite a lot of floor space for the rest of the chicks to do their thing.
     
  6. TheChickenQueen

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    I have 37 other chicks that just hatched. And I was not planning on nearly that many, so they are in a large storage tote and the spraddle leg gets pecked at a lot because of it's brace. He(or she) is smaller then the rest and they like piling up sometimes which he gets on the bottom of the pile because he can't walk and get away. Same goes for the food at water, it can't walk over to it.
     
  7. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you, for example, separate a smaller area with fewer chicks and a separate feeder and drinker for it? I would use a wire separator so that it can still interact with the other chicks.

    With regards to pecking, I put bright leg rings on all the other chicks so everyone got an equal share of attention for about half an hour and then they forgot about having the extra attachment on legs.
     
  8. TheChickenQueen

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    Nope, not enough room. I have a very large brooder that is currently housing an injured roo and his pullet friend until I can get their coop built. I could separate them in there but it is an outdoor brooder and they would not be able to be out there for awhile with it being winter.

    That, is a very good idea.
     
  9. KittyKat3756

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    Hmm, does the current brooder have rounded sides so that there aren't any corners? Other than that, probably worth adding extra feeding spaces if there is enough space.
     

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