Donna one of my chicks has got a splayed leg, i tried to find the post you put on with the make upsponge adapted, but couldnt find it, has it been removed since the redo of the forum? or am i not looking in the right place?
i wasnt sure if it was just lazy that it werent moving its leg properly cos it does seem to get around, and i have only just started handling these chicks to take proper notice, but its definatley getting worse.
Before, Ming Mings leg today (10 days old)
then using the hobble method
i have kept checking her all day and she is getting around fine, and also standing upright now, which is great.
This sounds exactly like what happened to little Peggy. I took her to my avian vet so am more than happy to pass on what I learnt from that experience. Sorry if any of it is teaching you to suck eggs
First of all you will need to keep her legs together (bit like having a teenage daughter - lol! ). I see you've managed to hobble her which is great, the other thing that the vet I saw said was a great way of doing this is actually by putting the chick in a cup/mug (there are probably still some pics of Peggy in her cup on the forum). My vet was actually hand rearing a baby lovebird when I was there and they also had that in a mug. I lined the cup with kitchen roll so that it would be warm and not slippery, and this also makes it easy to change when they poop! The other good thing I found with kitchen roll is that they don't get their claws stuck in it. This does of course mean that you will more than likely end up having to hand rear this little one.
One very important thing to check at this stage too, is to make sure that the tendon that runs down the back of her leg is actually still in the correct position. A common problem with ley splaying is that this tendon will be displaced, and in order to correct this the leg would need to be put in a splint. It's really easy to see this tendon when they are this young as their skin is really really thin at this point. You should be able to see it running directly across her hock joint. If it's off to the side it'll definitely need fixing. Personally I would be a bit wary of manipulating the leg into position myself (purely because I'm a bit of a wossie!), and would ask the vet to do that. Looking at your picture it certainly seems as if this might be the case for your little baby. Don't panic though 'cos if you can get the leg set properly she should do pretty well. The splints are sooooooooo tiny though
Is she a lutino?? She's certainly one very pretty baby
Good luck Tel - let us know how she gets on
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Hiya Batty, thank you so mcuh for that, the tendon did actually looked alligned nicely with the joints, because i couldnt see the post Donna had put on and she wasnt on line i paniced and looked on ask jeeves lol, they came up with 2 other ways that i saw one was masking tape the other was elastaplast, but obviously thats very sticky. It took Ash and myslef 20 minutes to get her tether/tangle her up lol, she wasnt having any of it, but crikey the difference in her within minutes of doing her, was amazing she was sat upright and looking around, i felt guilty for not doing he sooner, but didnt want to do her if it was able to correct itself (she is the youngest of 05 all in the box) I have been checking her all day (around 10 times so far) to see if Billie (mummy) is chewing it off, but so far so good. she does look like she is going to be a lutino, strange cos her mum is a grey and dad violet and Taome (on other post) is her brother lol, she is the only one out of the clutch born with red eyes.
she is doing fantastic thank you for asking Donna, when i open the nest door she runs best she can with her legs tethered bless her, but she runs to the door to me, i keep telling her its a matter of time that she is going to end up on the floor the little minx lol, but i am really pleased she does look to be coping so well with it.