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Date Posted: 10:48:47 04/25/13 Thu
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 09:30:38 04/25/13 Thu

We are really grateful for your help.

Okay, I think I understand now. The foam covers the full length of one leg - from above the foot to up past the hock (so essentially mostly covering the Metatarsus and the Tibia as seen in this image: http://windward.hawaii.edu/people/brian_richardson/chickens/images/Chicken_Anatomy_Large.jpg). The legs still need to be able to bend at the hock though (the joint where the Metatarsus and Tibia meet). The legs are then taped together so that the ankles (Metatarsus) are actually right next to each other (with NO gap as with the typical bandaid style hobble). The foam is to prevent bruising and injury from the legs being so close together. Do I have all that right?

Last night, we rigged up a sling-in-a-bowl so that the chick could rest and sleep in an upright position (as apposed to flopping about on her side). We tried to adjust the height of the sling material (flexible cloth bandage) so that she could rest her weight on it to sleep, but could also stand and carry the weight on her legs. If she began to tumble, the sling would catcher her. She of course tried to flap her way out a few times, so we kept a close eye on her. We also took her out throughout the night to give food and water, so she is using her leg muscles then as well. It would seem that the sling and assisted feedings would still get her using her muscles to help twist the tibia (yes?). I just hate the idea of her struggling and laying on the ground for 12 hours. Do you think the sling approach will still get the muscles to twist the tibia?

Here are a few images of the sling-in-a-bowl:




Thanks again so much for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

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