Turkey Poults and Splayed Legs

cheeps

Songster
11 Years
Jul 18, 2008
308
1
129
Rockwell, NC
Has anyone had any experience with a splayed leg poult. He's about 6 weeks old now but had the splayed legs when he was a baby. I did the hobbles and he seemed to get better. Now, he won't put any weight on one of his legs. He still gets around to eat/drink, but I'm wondering if he's just getting too heavy for his bad legs. I only have two poults, and they live in the house, so I can do just about anything to help this little guy. I've become very attached, if you can't tell!
 

cheeps

Songster
11 Years
Jul 18, 2008
308
1
129
Rockwell, NC
Hi Steve. Yeah, I feel sure it's just going to get worse. Am I wrong to let him continue on? He eats and drinks, like I said. Doesn't seem to be suffering, I wouldn't let him suffer. He's just gimpy right now. We named him Forrest, haha.

Can't help but think of those chickens, the meat birds, that get too big for their legs to hold them up eventually.
 

Steve_of_sandspoultry

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 4, 2009
5,426
27
251
Eastern North Carolina
That's a hard question and totaly up you. You could try to re hobble him and see if you can get it back into place, you care for him so why not try. I've never done it so I can't say how or what to do.
have you tried posting on the injuries and cures section? There might be some good help there.

Steve
 

cheeps

Songster
11 Years
Jul 18, 2008
308
1
129
Rockwell, NC
That's a good idea, I may try to post there later.

I'm not too sure re-hobbling him will help...I fear I'm dealing more with a broken or dislocated leg, or like you said a tendon issue. He holds the leg up all the time. Poor baby. Thanks for the thoughts and kind words Steve!
 

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