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Date Posted: 23:28:29 04/29/13 Mon
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 22:10:59 04/25/13 Thu

So we almost gave up. We decided to try at least 2 nights of taping and then decide what was best for the poor little thing. I taped the legs together and suspended her in a sling. After the first night she only seemed a little different. After second and third night she was a new chicken. Her large toes on each foot now point forward. She walks lifting her feet up like the other chickens. Her toes are all in the right place. She still doesn't quite have the walk of the others that looks like a tight rope walk- but now it is hard to tell who had the problem. So I have not taped her for the last 2 nights. She is happy and getting around but seems weak. She is walking normal and then suddenly stumbles. I am guessing it is just gonna take her awhile to get her strength. You saved the day and the chick and gave us the know how to keep working at helping her. She would be dead if she had stayed in the classroom. I did not plan on having any more chickens but now I think I have to keep her and her 2 friends to ensure she is properly cared for. My nightmare is to find out "she" is a "he" but one step at a time. Do you think it sounds like we are ok to stop the taping and time will improve the occasional unpredictable stumbles?

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