Weird foot thing- no clue.


12 Years
Nov 16, 2007
Southern Indiana
I had 6 Seramas hatch out today without any issues. One still hasn't gotten up and started moving though. When I took it out and looked at it, it's legs are seemingly still in the egg position- curled up against it's body with the "knees" bent. I really don't want to cull with all the he** i've been through trying to get them to hatch. They're SOOO tiny i'm afraid to try splinting them. Help?
It's not a duck Dave :p It's a Serama

Yeah, the only place that she doesn't cry is in my hand, on her back. It's really going to kill me if I have to culll her.
I had this happen couple times during hatches last year.....What I did was...I took a Popsicle stick and cut it in half longways and then cut it just short of the length of the chicks legs. Then I rounded the edges of the sticks, so that it would scratch the chicks legs.

I then took a stick and placed it on each side of the leg and the had my daughter cut a bandaid in half long ways and then wrap one piece of the bandaid around the top and the other around the bottom (this will leave the knuckle in between). Do the same to the other leg. You can leave them on for 1 to 3 days. Then take them off to see of her/his legs have strengthened.

The problem is the legs aren't strengthened up enough yet. Keep us informed as to how this goes. I know it works though, I have done it.
I've had several japanese bantams hatch out that couldn't stand yet. They'd spend most of their time on their backs. Within 24hrs they were usually fine and all of them recovered within a few days to the point you can't tell which ones it was. They just need to recover from hatching and get used to moving around.

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