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Date Posted: 22:05:04 04/24/13 Wed
Author: amy
Subject: Re: HELP: 7 day old chick spraddle leg
In reply to: D C T -- friendly poultry orthopedist 's message, "Re: HELP: 7 day old chick spraddle leg" on 19:11:46 04/24/13 Wed

Here are images of the hobble that we were using. These were taking after having a hobble on for two days.

Back:
http://snodart.com/snodpublic/chickens/day2withHobble._backJPG

Front:
http://snodart.com/snodpublic/chickens/day2withHobble_frontJPG

Here a video of her almost walking on the second day with a hobble:
http://snodart.com/snodpublic/chickens/IMG_1029.MOV

Here are images of her legs taken today. We removed the hobble temporarily for the images. So, this is after 6 consecutive days in a hobble:

Back:
http://snodart.com/snodpublic/chickens/photo%20(11).JPG

Front:
http://snodart.com/snodpublic/chickens/photo%20(12).JPG

She currently has a hobble on (using a band aid). The band aid hobble has a slightly narrower gap and seems to be making it more difficult for her to balance and walk. We are thinking that the hobble with the yellow coban allows her more freedom to balance, but doesn't seem to be making enough of a correction. The chick is 8 days old now and has had a hobble on for 6 days.

She has also been wearing a tape-sandal to correct the curled toes. It seems to be helping. However, she went today without a sandal and the back toe is curled under again. The drawing below shows the foot shape before we began using the sandle. The toes are still a little too close, but the main problem now is the back toe folding under.

http://snodart.com/snodpublic/chickens/photo%20(7).JPG

How long do you recommend that we keep trying? She tumbles a good deal of the time and we are concerned about her quality of life. Is some deformation of the legs something that she can in-time manage. We would really like to do what we can, but of course do not want to prolong unnecessary suffering.

Many thanks for your help.

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