Users' questions

Can you fix splayed legs in birds?

Can you fix splayed legs in birds?

The treatment for a bird with splayed legs involves gradually bringing the legs back under the bird. Most treatment methods involve designed a shackle-type device that attaches the legs to one another with some slack in the center to allow for movement.

How do I stop splayed legs?

To prevent curled toes in chicks, be sure that your layer hens (if you’re hatching your own eggs) are fed a good-quality balanced diet. If you purchase chicks, use a reputable hatchery or breeder. Be sure the surface of your incubator and brooder are rough so the chicks can get a good grip.

How do I stop my legs from Spraddling?

PREVENTION. Providing traction for tiny feet is the best way to avoid spraddle leg (in cases where it can be avoided). Chicks should not walk directly on dry newspaper. Safer options are paper towels or rubber shelf liner covering newspaper.

Will splayed leg fix itself?

The most common physical therapy used for splayed legs and/or curled toes is to create a makeshift splint using a bandage or tape. The idea is, after a certain time of forcing the legs or toes into the correct position, the problem will correct itself.

How to treat a bird with a splayed leg?

Begin applying the tape around one leg, whichever you feel most comfortable starting with, and then slowly bring the tape up and under other leg. Make sure to avoid getting any feathers stuck to the adhesive side. Step 4. Slowly bring the other leg to the desired position with the tape under it.

What should I do if my chicken splays its legs?

Hobbling the splayed legs together in such fashion allows the injured chicken to stabilize itself enough to stand and walk. You should gradually narrow the gap of Vetrap between the two legs a bit (as the chick’s splay legs improve) so that the bird’s legs are finally back in a normal position.

What do you use to hobble a splay legged chick?

Use a self-adhesive medical wrap to create the hobble for the splay-legged chick. I have a one inch wide roll of Vetrap brand medical wrap. Despite being only an inch wide, I found it necessary to cut the tape in half (lengthwise) to be a proper width for the chick’s leg.

What can I use to straighten my baby bird’s legs?

Sticks or straight objects attached to the legs to straighten them can also be used, but be careful that the materials do not scratch the baby’s legs. Sponges can be used with holes cut out for the legs at the desired angle. This solution can provide a soft and safe alternative to correcting the bird’s legs.