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#1 2012-03-14 09:08:02

choctawgal
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From: Washington, USA
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Question: hobbles 4 splayed legs

On Friday "Mama Mia" my broody Buff Brahma gal, hatched four black Sizzle chicks for me.  :chickout:  Yesterday I relocated Mia and her brood to a better location.

Right now I have my make-shift ICU box by my side of the bed with two of them in it. 

Unfortunately, one chickie had been dead long enough to get stiff.  darn it!  :stomp:  Another was found outside the nest box prior to moving Mama, and appeared cold, limp, and for all intents and purposes, pretty much dead... but I decided to see if anything may happen if I warmed the little one in my hands, under the brooder lamp that was keeping an older batch warm.  After thoroughly warmed, it began to shiver! (YAY... It's alive!!)  I went in to pop some water in the micro to make tea to warm *me* up, and heard a LOUD **PEEP!! PEEP!! PEEP!!**  It was the little ex-icicle, exercising her(?) lungs!  :love:  I put one of the smallest EE chicks, that I got last weekend, in to keep her company.  She continues to do well!

Today I removed the tiniest Sizzle so that I could put vet-wrap hobbles on it for significantly splayed legs.  It didn't take but a couple hours to adjust so that standing and walking appear to be manageable.  I think that they went on okay especially for a first timer!  LOL   The question that I have is, how long do leg hobbles usually need to be left on until the situation corrects?... or will I need to check on it every couple days to see how its progressing?

Thank you in advance for the help!

Signing off for now to try to get a couple hours of "shut-eye!"
:surfing:
Jenn
(Re; the 3rd remaining Sizzle, I slipped a little NH Red chick under Mia so that that little one would have company!)


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#2 2012-03-14 13:04:57

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-28
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Re: Question: hobbles 4 splayed legs

Wow, what a great chicken Mom you are! I would leave them on for a couple days and then check again. It might be a good idea to do it for a week. I guess just keep checking, biut you want the legs to strengthen in the right position. Sorry I'm not more help, buit it sounds like you're doing it all right! :)

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#3 2012-03-14 15:09:49

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
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Re: Question: hobbles 4 splayed legs

Yes, good luck, I have no experience with this, so hope it works out well. :thumbsup:

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#4 2012-03-14 15:41:26

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
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Re: Question: hobbles 4 splayed legs

Good morning, way to go chicky nurse Jenn. I have left toe hobbles on for up to a week but I check them everyday and change them if needed. I have a post on here about hobbles, might be worth the read for you. I wonder if sitting the little chick in a ramekin dish would be good for you to try. It really helps the legs go into the proper position with the weight of the chick, this only works for a few days when they are not so active. After that they just scramble out. Keep us posted!

XOX Monika

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#5 2012-03-14 16:04:19

choctawgal
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From: Washington, USA
Registered: 2011-12-13
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Re: Question: hobbles 4 splayed legs

Thank you, Ladies!!  :thanks:  That was just the confirmation I needed.

I saw the toe hobble sticky at the front of the section and found it really informative and useful!

Great Idea about the ramekin, Monika!  I think I'll go right into the kitchen and get that done.  I may even look for a scotch tape roll, since this little chick is sooo tiny!  However, in true Bantam fashion, it is the spunkiest one of the three... unless she wants a cuddle, then she tries REALLY hard to get under that little EE chick!  :funny:

I'll keep you updated as to how it goes!

Thank you again sooo much!  :thumbsup:

Jenn


Nashoba Family Farm: "Jill of many trades," service dog trainer/handler.  Owned by 2 svc dogs, 4 turkeys, 9 ducks, 1 rabbit, and manage Mother Clucker's Egg Co-op: a 75 hen, co-op owned, pastured, heritage flock.
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