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Spraddles -causes

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by equus2, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. equus2

    equus2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had 3 cases of spraddles, in my java chicks, this year, out of 25 chicks so far. Two of the three were brooder hatched, and the third was with a broody, but brought inside to the brooder immediately upon hatching.

    They are hatched on a waffle mat, and are "spraddled" the minute they are out of the egg, so it's not something that developed from slippery footing. My java chicks seem to be huge this year, but this just might be an illusion, since they are hatching "next door" to silkies.

    Could I have some kind of nutritional deficiency in the parents? They get oyster shell, and free range daily.

    In one case, the bandaid worked. In another it did not, and jury is still out on this third chick (who is propped between two papertowel holders).

    Darn it.
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I believe that vitamin deficiencies can also cause such leg problems. Possibly something lacking in the hen's diet?
     
  3. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Since I've been a member to this forum I have read a lot about spraddle legs but have never seen a pic of it. I hope to never experience it but would like to know for educational purposes. Can you describe it for me? Sorry this has to happen to your chicks.
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Since I've been a member to this forum I have read a lot about spraddle legs but have never seen a pic of it. I hope to never experience it but would like to know for educational purposes. Can you describe it for me? Sorry this has to happen to your chicks.

    It can happen to one or both legs. Here is a pic of chick with both legs spraddled.
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html
     
  5. needtohatch

    needtohatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It can happen to one or both legs. Here is a pic of chick with both legs spraddled.
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    Thanks for the link, I also have never seen this and wondered about it.
     
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    [​IMG] That is not a good thing. Thank you horsejody for the info. Another thing I hope not to have to encounter in the future but know what to do if it happens.
     

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