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post #1 of 2 Old 02-25-2011, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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A few questions about the baby chicks that arrived today....

Here is my previous thread about the chicks...nothing monumental though..=-)

Having nightmares about the baby chickens....

I took the chicks out tonight and examined them again since I didn't have a lot of time this morning. None seem to be spraddle-legged at all. A few have a bit wider stance then the others but what I've seen from pictures, spraddled is more of a severe condition that results in legs going the opposite direction. Could someone clarify for me just how wide they need to be apart before they are considered a problem? They all seem to be walking just fine.

Also, I noticed when I was cleaning the vents that a few have 'strings' hanging below their vent. As well, there is a black spot with what I would call a scab on all of them. I am assuming, from my research, that the string is what is left of the umbilical cord. It said not to pull it and leave it alone and it will come off on it's own. Is that correct? As for the black spots, some chicks have a very small one...others it is much more pronounced with a large scab. Do we leave it alone or is there a point where it is big enough or looks a certain way that we need to do something about it?

Thanks in advance for all your help!
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are the scabs on their vents?? if the scab is not covering their vent and preventing them from passing soil then I would leave them alone - if you pick it off it may create a wound which the other chicks may peck at - those turn nasty very quick. If your worried you could put some olive oil on the scab to help stop feathers from getting stuck in it and pulling at the skin.

different breeds will have slightly different spaces between their legs - you dont really have to worry at all if they are walking around normally, spraddle legs are when they look like theyve been ice skating and have fallen over - with one leg straight out each side , you can also get twisted hips - but this is where one leg sticks out straight behind or infront. If your worried a good way to tell if theyre allright is to pick them up with a finger undertheir head and another under their bum so their legs hang straight down under your hand and then gently lower them to the ground/ table and they will put their legs out to try and stand up, if they put their legs down straight and stand theyre fine.

spraddle leg is very obvious - in that they wont stand up , they will sit on their bottoms with a leg out each side like theyre doing the splits.

the backyard chicken site is a great source of information :).
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