Will this fix her leg?

TrevaTheChicken

Hatching
Dec 19, 2020
12
7
8
Hi everyone,
I lived on a ranch this summer and after all but one of the baby chicks were attacked, I inadvertently became a chicken mom. There was one baby left alive and I figured I should keep her close, warm and loved as she most likely wouldn’t survive. But she did and is now a pet.
She was born in May so is about seven months old and I think she is a meat bird. I also think female but more recently I’m questioning if she might be a male. I’m very inexperienced and just trying to do my best.
Anyway, as it was very cold and due to being so bonded with me she started living in the house. I’m not sure if it’s slippery floors or just her weight but her left leg has started to splay. I found her the other day almost doing the splits which gave me a heart attack!
I’ve read up on spraddle legs in baby’s but I’m trying to find a solution for my bigger girl. I’ve started wrapping bandages around both legs so they can’t split and that’s helping. She’s also been on a limited diet for months now to try and control the weight.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I just want to give her as healthy and happy a life as possible. Thanks in advance
 

Weeg

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Hi everyone,
I lived on a ranch this summer and after all but one of the baby chicks were attacked, I inadvertently became a chicken mom. There was one baby left alive and I figured I should keep her close, warm and loved as she most likely wouldn’t survive. But she did and is now a pet.
She was born in May so is about seven months old and I think she is a meat bird. I also think female but more recently I’m questioning if she might be a male. I’m very inexperienced and just trying to do my best.
Anyway, as it was very cold and due to being so bonded with me she started living in the house. I’m not sure if it’s slippery floors or just her weight but her left leg has started to splay. I found her the other day almost doing the splits which gave me a heart attack!
I’ve read up on spraddle legs in baby’s but I’m trying to find a solution for my bigger girl. I’ve started wrapping bandages around both legs so they can’t split and that’s helping. She’s also been on a limited diet for months now to try and control the weight.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I just want to give her as healthy and happy a life as possible. Thanks in advance
Can you post pictures of her? @Overo Mare @Wyorp Rock @Eggcessive
 

TrevaTheChicken

Hatching
Dec 19, 2020
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this is her/him. I purchased an outside coop that she goes in a lot of the time. Not at night and not all the time as she needs company. At the ranch the other hens were just attacking her so she was kept separate. I don’t live there any more. I went to get more chicks (just 1 or 2) for company, once we’d moved, but was strongly advised not to do this as my bigger bird would likely attack them.
 

Weeg

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That is a White leghorn Rooster. No need to worry about anyone attacking him. Once he is mature, as long as there are NO other roosters with him, then he will secure his dominance when he is matured enough. Get him at least 3 more hens so he has company.
 

TrevaTheChicken

Hatching
Dec 19, 2020
12
7
8
That is a White leghorn Rooster. No need to worry about anyone attacking him. Once he is mature, as long as there are NO other roosters with him, then he will secure his dominance when he is matured enough. Get him at least 3 more hens so he has company.
Ok. I have a couple more questions now I know that. Do they need to be chicks or can we get older hens (rescue)? Will a rooster be friendly with humans still? Is this a meat rooster- I mean do I defo need to limit food as I have been doing? Best thing for the leg? Thank you so much
 

Raeganmh02

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Jan 26, 2020
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He does look like a Leghorn. Leghorns are a common laying breed and they are quite far from being a meat bird or “dual purpose” bird. Leghorns are pretty skinny and never really gain a lot of weight. You shouldn’t have to worry about feed limits! If you have been keeping him inside and handling him a lot, than he should stay pretty docile and tame all his life. Just continue to hold him and love on him as he gets older. You started him off young, so that’s good! As far as getting him some girlfriends...you can buy some pullets and raise them until they are old and big enough to join him. You could go with option two and buy some older hens, but be carful where you buy them. Sometimes “rescue” chickens can be carriers of other sicknesses, and in most cases you wouldn’t know their backgrounds or where they came from. It is safer to start with young chicks. If you know of someone who owns chickens and you trust they have healthy birds, you could buy from them! It’s up to you! Good luck!
 

TrevaTheChicken

Hatching
Dec 19, 2020
12
7
8
He does look like a Leghorn. Leghorns are a common laying breed and they are quite far from being a meat bird or “dual purpose” bird. Leghorns are pretty skinny and never really gain a lot of weight. You shouldn’t have to worry about feed limits! If you have been keeping him inside and handling him a lot, than he should stay pretty docile and tame all his life. Just continue to hold him and love on him as he gets older. You started him off young, so that’s good! As far as getting him some girlfriends...you can buy some pullets and raise them until they are old and big enough to join him. You could go with option two and buy some older hens, but be carful where you buy them. Sometimes “rescue” chickens can be carriers of other sicknesses, and in most cases you wouldn’t know their backgrounds or where they came from. It is safer to start with young chicks. If you know of someone who owns chickens and you trust they have healthy birds, you could buy from them! It’s up to you! Good luck!
Thank you for all the information. I’m so relieved that he isn’t a meat bird. I was pretty horrified when the guy at the store told me to expect an 8month life expectancy, possible broken legs or heart attack, due to weight. Last thing I wanted for my pet!
I will figure out a plan to get him a flock to look after.
Just need to get this leg fixed! One leg is perfectly straight and the other is just the opposite.
Thanks again!
 

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