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Splayed Legs In Budgie Babies

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oh phew!!!! glad thats not the box :)

we just persisted with the sponge and they are all normal little birdies now. Unfortunately 2 of them flew away :P

Although their legs were only mild to start with. Each morning and afternoon I would check them and if the splint had come off I would put them on a flat surface and get them walking to see if they could walk properly. If not I would put on another splint. I did this because just picking them up, they spread their legs out anyway so still look splayed. If you know what I mean?

 

I also couldnt splint them without my partner helping as its impossible to keep their little legs still without hurting them.

Good luck, looks like youll have some very pretty babies, their colouring is gorgeous.

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G'day all. We've had 4 splayed leg problems with chicks since June. Definitely not calcium as they get supplements int their daily water changes, plus we supply plenty of grit & cuttle. We suspect there is a genetic factor at play from one breeding pair that has produced two splayed legged chicks that failed to respond to treatment & had to be euthanised. There is a fair bit of wood shavings present in the wooden nest box. Of the two other birds, one recovered successfully & the other has nerve damage to the right foot which appears to be giving the bird some pain. Currently he seems to be managing, feeding, perching & interacting okay, but we are assessing his quality of life over the next week or so. Many thanks for the advice in this forum, been very helpful. Cheers Craig.

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I also had a nest with 3 splayed chicks. BECAUSE OF PLASTIC INSERT.

 

I fixed all 3, after trying make up sponge (mine kept falling and lying on one side). With a bit of patience I used pipe cleaners, a loop around one led fairly snug so it couldn't pull foot out figure 8 stlye loop around other leg, tight enough to align hip's in position, I did mine around ankle but others say ABOVE KNEE so they can get around better. I left mine on for nearly a week I think, checking every couple of days to see if it was working as legs align you can tighten loop a bit to keep in position. Mine are now flying around have bred young of their own, you can't pick them from other birds.

 

Depending on age and severity of splay, mine were nearly 2 weeks in one case and really splayed, it's worth trying if mine came good in my first breeding season anyone else could try before destroying possible great birds. Hope this helps. :(

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Dear all, I have some question: if splayed legs have been successfully cured, may one breed this bird? Does this trouble have anything to do with genetic troubles?

Thanks in advance for the answer :)

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Dear all, I have some question: if splayed legs have been successfully cured, may one breed this bird? Does this trouble have anything to do with genetic troubles?

Thanks in advance for the answer :)

 

On most cases its a combination of lack of calcium and possibly the hen sitting too hard on the chicks, as well as slippery nestbox floor. Not inherited.

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