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Date Posted: 17:02:07 06/09/08 Mon
Author: Trina
Author Host/IP: 86.147.240.76
Subject: Re: Straddle Leggs
In reply to: Rhonda 's message, "Re: Straddle Leggs" on 16:39:14 06/09/08 Mon

Hi Natasha, Sorry to hear about your chick. I'll try and advise you as best I can. There are a few different hobble methods, the embroidery thread hobble, the medical tape hobble & another one I've heard about is a hobble made from foam. I'm not sure which method you tried, but it's worth trying a different method if you don't have luck to start with.
My first advice would be to put down non skid rubber shelf liner in the brooder, it really helps the chicks to grip & helps to stop them developing straddle leg in the first place & it can also help treat it too. It's very inexpensive, you can get it in hardware stores or $ shops I think, it's a real must have for the first few days.
Was he the last to hatch? I'm pretty sure most times it's caused by hatching difficulties & humidity when hatching.

If you let us know which hobble method you used before I can give you a description of one of the other methods to try.

Another thing I need to know is whether the chick has curled toes, like little fists? Alot of the time that causes straddle leg becasuse the chick can't get a footing & it's legs slide out. If he has curled toes that needs to be sorted out otherwise any hobble method won't really work as well.

Sorry for all the questions, but the more info the better we can help.

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