Give your injured or splayed-leg birds a fighting chance with our new Splay Leg Spacer Kit. They make it easier to offer home treatment for splay leg
issues. If you spot splay leg and offer treatment early on, it can be corrected and healed within a few days. Be prepared! These make a great addition to an at-home First Aid Kit.
The cure for Splay Leg/Spraddle Leg
This kit was designed specifically to help with spraddle leg, a.k.a. splay leg. This clever, 3D-printed design keeps the legs spaced apart the appropriate amount and in alignment as they should be. It comes with a small rubber band for securing to the bird. (And hey, First Aid supplies are always best to have on-hand rather than waiting for an emergency, right?)
Sizing: select size small for baby chicks of all sizes, and the medium spacer kit for juvenile birds or larger babies like goslings.
Splay Leg Treatment Instructions
- Step 1: Protect the chicks' legs from chafing in a single layer of self-adherent wrap , like Sensi Wrap.
Tip: If your chick has a severe case of splay leg and curled toes, we recommend also using splints on each leg for additional support. Place each leg in a splint, and then wrap another single layer of self-adherent wrap around each leg and splint to secure them in place.
- Step 2: Next, set your chick gently aside, and grab the rubber band and spacer, setting the leg cups aside for the moment. Pull the rubber band through the hole in the spacer, and loop both ends over the "knot" on top. This knot is just there to help you while securing the rubber band to the chicks and won't be used once the spacer is in place.
Tip: Try using small tweezers to help with the rubber band in this step. It's tiny!
- Step 3: Now you'll secure one end of the rubber band around one of your chick's legs. Take one rubber band loop off the top knot (while the other is still secured to the knot), and pull it through the the small leg cup. Then take the rubber band loop that is through the leg cup and put the splinted leg through the rubber band loop. Repeat the process for the second leg. Bandages should be removed and replaced daily to allow adjustments for growth.
Chicks may not be able to walk while being treated and may need to be hand-fed and supported for 24-48 hours. (Or until the muscles develop enough that she can hold her legs in the proper position on her own.) We recommend using a Peep Pouch
to help support the chick during this time.
The spacer and leg cups are reusable and dishwasher safe. The add-on self-adherent wrap is made of non-woven material which is breathable, lightweight and soft, causing less irritation to the skin. This bandage tape contains latex.
Made in the USA.