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luvalutino
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leave the nest

Post by luvalutino » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:03 pm

Hi guys,
my two babies are almost two months they look fully feathered( one looks a cinnamon green and the other silver) just like mum and dad , they havent left the nest yet and one has developed splayed legs- how long does it normally take before
they venture out and the chick with splayed legs will they come good once it needs to perch or do i need to do something about it.
cheers

luvalutino
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Re: leave the nest

Post by luvalutino » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:20 am

both left the nest today..gorgeous....this morning the silver , this afternoon the green younger one.......both on the bottom of the cage........poor things they keep on hitting themselves on the side of the cage trying to fly up to a perch.....

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Re: leave the nest

Post by ellieelectrons » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:38 am

I have heard of other people tying bands lightly around the splayed legs & that corrects it. I think it was an elastic hair band but I'm not quite sure what they did, so please don't take my word for it. Check with your vet or look it up somewhere else. I only remember it because I was quite surprised that his was effective!

Good luck win your chicks!

Ellie.

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Re: leave the nest

Post by matttposer » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:00 am

I've seen pictures/videos where people have used hair ties to correct the legs, but it has to be really soft, I've also heard of people using sponges to correct the legs but im not sure how?

luvalutino
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Re: leave the nest

Post by luvalutino » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:59 pm

thanks guys.....i think mother nature is working....cause the more they stay out of the nest the less splayed they look..
thanks for your comments

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Re: leave the nest

Post by luvalutino » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:11 pm

I was wrong nature isnt doing its job....one leg on both chicks still looks "splayed"...I will have to try
the rubber band trick

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Re: leave the nest

Post by smick » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:45 am

G'day there are different opinions as to the cause of splayed legs but i think often its either from the bottom of the nest box being too smooth or from the hen sitting on the young for to long when at a age that she should have spent more time out of the box. I would check the bottom of the box first because i've seen it many times on young budgies when in those melamine shop bought boxs that are super smooth inside and they young can't grip the floor to stand up.

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Re: leave the nest

Post by jimmyjack » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:38 pm

are you sure they're splayed and youre not just being an overly-worried parent? (only offering this suggestion as this is what happened to me :lol: ). from all the reading i did, the young just may be getting used to using their legs, and may not be splayed. to may it easier for them to stand, you can put a towel on the bottom of the cage if this is where they are spending alot of time.

hope everything is well with them!

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Re: leave the nest

Post by luvalutino » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:10 pm

hi
I thought they were getting better, as one of their legs straightened but the other didnt, so I took the chicks to
a person that knows a lot about birds , they said that unfortunately it looks like their mother must have broken the chicks legs whilst inside the box.....they reset in the wrong place...so they both have one leg that loks like they are permanently waving at you and the other leg that is ok....it was the hens first set of chicks, the bottom of the nest wasnt smooth and there was plenty of nesting material.......perhaps the mother was sitting too tight on her chicks.

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