Yet another incubating and spraddle leg question...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bloomnbeauty, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. bloomnbeauty

    bloomnbeauty Delux Cluxs

    Sep 16, 2008
    N Florida
    I tried the dry incubation method this time and had a good hatch rate. I did have some VERY drastic temp issues because of the cold weather I wasn't prepared for and eventually had to bring my bators in the house to finish the hatch. However, I have had several chicks born with spraddle leg. Could this be caused from the dry incubation or other causes??
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2008
  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I dont belive its caused by dry incubation !!

    Check this site out, might be info here that can help....

    you splint the chicks legs ??
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    Quote:do not wait, splint the legs immadiately..

    I do not know what causes spraddle leg.. it just seems to happen to seemingly weak chicks

  4. Agree...splint the chicks immediately. Don't even wait a day. They won't know better if you do it right now. I made the mistake of waiting to see if it would get better on it's own and it got much worse. I eventually has to euthanize the chick. I felt awful because it was my own fault. DO NOT take the splint off because you feel sorry for it! As long as the chick is getting to food and water it will be ok.
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    I remember reading on one of the University sites that they believed spraddle was caused by temp or humidity issues. Sorry, I don't remember which site it was, but I do remember that I was working on trouble-shooting a weird hatch that I had a couple of years ago.

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