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Spradled Leg Babies

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kentuckychickenmomma, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. kentuckychickenmomma

    kentuckychickenmomma In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2008
    Ok.. we hatched out some of our White Rocks and Rhode Island Reds , they are anywhere from 1-2 days old and some of them have spadled legs , a few so bad they can't stand up. Someone told us we can give them a vitiam type of stuff, which we always do anyways , we use the kind that McMurry sales that has several types of different vitiams in it . The one suggested is called poultry pack , does anyone know what is best for these chicks, if anything? We have them on newspaper , but only on half the brooder , and the other half is shavings and nothing changes when we move them to that side , still they fall on their bellies. We first thought it was just the White Rocks and maybe something in the breeding , but now that we just saw one of the RIR's we are worried it is something else. Thanks everyone for the help..
  2. Griffox

    Griffox Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Harrodsburg, KY
    I saw on a website (wouldn't you know I can't remember where) that you can use a bandaid cut in half (longways) or into quarters. You wrap each sticky end around a leg and the pad in the middle is just the right width that their legs need to be apart. This will help keep the legs from splaying out under them. I would put paper towel over the newspaper as well. It should give them better grip once you have their legs taped.

    Hopefully someone will come along who can write this in a way that makes sense.

    ETA: Found the website http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  3. kentuckychickenmomma

    kentuckychickenmomma In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2008
    :wootTHANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!My hubby had most of them sold by the time I got back home and got your message , but I did do this to the 2 that were left and one is up and walking around a bit today , the other one, well , it is not really helping her much, but I will apply a new bandaid today and make sure I have it in the same spot as the other chick. I would have never thought that a bandaid would do the job.. Thanks so much again for answering my post so fast... You have been a chick saver.. [​IMG]
  4. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    I've tried the band-aid...and for me it did not work. Keep the area covered with a soft floor, not newspaper. If you want the newspaper, cover it with something...such as a towel, rags, etc...

    I see Griffox has said the same.
    It is true, and for some people it must work. It is worth a try, but I suggest you set a get well date (or one in where you notice a change for the better).

    I'm sorry I don't have better advice. Type in spraddle leg in the search bar, and see what comes up; in this forum. Someone may have had another idea.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009

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