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Hello Every body,
one of my pair have 2 week old baby and its left leg is stright going towards left when baby move aroung while fed by his mother his left led is open stright on left side . is baby crippled? what can be done to fix him? any suggestion will help.
 

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What are you using for nesting materials? They need straw or tabacco stems, or sticks, or something that they can grab onto. If they are kept on a smooth or slippery surface, they can't grab onto anything, and their legs will splay out. Vitamin deficiencies can cause this also. This is very correctable if you fix it now. If you let it go, and the bird gets crippled, it will never be able to walk.
 

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At this age you can gently tape the two legs together, make sure the splay leg is taped in the exact position as the correct one. It should be neatly folded and tucked underneath (in the sitting position) the bird as the correct one is. Also you can use a small bowl that inhibits the leg, and keeps it underneath it.

Rubbermaid shelf liner provides an excellent grip surface and can be used temporarily to get the leg issue under control.
 

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At this age you can gently tape the two legs together, make sure the splay leg is taped in the exact position as the correct one. It should be neatly folded and tucked underneath (in the sitting position) the bird as the correct one is. Also you can use a small bowl that inhibits the leg, and keeps it underneath it.

Rubbermaid shelf liner provides an excellent grip surface and can be used temporarily to get the leg issue under control.
Thanks Treese,
for your quick response one question that i have how can i reduce the size of pic when i post on the furm as you can see what i did this morning?
thanks again for your kind help
i don't know what i will do with out this furm
 

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What are you using for nesting materials? They need straw or tabacco stems, or sticks, or something that they can grab onto. If they are kept on a smooth or slippery surface, they can't grab onto anything, and their legs will splay out. Vitamin deficiencies can cause this also. This is very correctable if you fix it now. If you let it go, and the bird gets crippled, it will never be able to walk.
I use tabacco stems
 

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I have a similar problem, only it is both legs on a 10 day old pigeon, the sibling is standing and walking around already but that is 14 days old.
another question, the last hatchlings and this one, each have one hatchling that is very agressive, the first one is now 4 months old, going to a new home any day, but it will not allow me to handle him any more, and I handled him the most when they were with the parents, this started after I took them away from the parents at 7 wks old.
this new one is only 14 days old and already snapping at me when I put my hands near it. these pigeons are going to 4-H children to be show pigeons, I was hoping to have them well tamed and friendly for them. I think part of MY problem, I am afraid of being hurt, my cocketiel does that but it is just a pinch from him.
 

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I have a similar problem, only it is both legs on a 10 day old pigeon, the sibling is standing and walking around already but that is 14 days old.
another question, the last hatchlings and this one, each have one hatchling that is very agressive, the first one is now 4 months old, going to a new home any day, but it will not allow me to handle him any more, and I handled him the most when they were with the parents, this started after I took them away from the parents at 7 wks old.
this new one is only 14 days old and already snapping at me when I put my hands near it. these pigeons are going to 4-H children to be show pigeons, I was hoping to have them well tamed and friendly for them. I think part of MY problem, I am afraid of being hurt, my cocketiel does that but it is just a pinch from him.
Well, first of all you need to fix the legs on the 10 day old before he gets any older. He could be crippled later on, or at the very least, never be able to walk normally. The younger you treat the problem, the better.

As for the birds that aren't friendly, At 3 or 4 months old, they are getting pretty independent. Some pigeons are just freindlier than others. Try feeding them peanuts. They love them and will usually learn to come to you for them.
If you are afraid of them hurting you, and pull back abruptly when they snap at you, then they are going to keep on doing that. It works! Just calmly handle them without showing them that you are afraid. They don't hurt. Your cocketiel can hurt you a lot more than a little pigeon can. Their pinch is hardly even felt. It is instinct for the 14 day old to do that. It's not personal. Don't be afraid of being hurt, and handle them calmly, and they may calm down a bit for you. What kind of pigeons ae they?
 

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my pigeon hatchlings are from a pair of Racing Pigeons , I found the male in my yard last July with a hole in his wing, I tracked down the owner by the numbers on his leg band, after taking to a vet and treating his wounds the owner let me keep him, plus GAVE me a hen to go with him. this is their second set of hatchlings, and i am learning as I go. I am donating the hatchlings to our local 4-H poultry program.

I have pictures posted under the album, stumpo61 of the parents and the first set of hatchlings.
thank you for replying to me. I tried putting the 10 day old in a bowl this afternoon, but then the parents would not feed him, so I took him out again, as we were going away. I am home ow and plan to put him back in the bowl as I noticed it did help to keep his legs in a little bit. it is a plastic bowl, big enough for him, plus I put a coffee filter in it, with fine pieces of hay and some pine needles. if this does not work in a few days I may call my bird vet and see if she can help me, as I notice there is a way of using sponge to bring them in. I feel so sorry for this little guy, he moves all over the area.
oh, in my album there are pictures of my bird cage.
 

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I fixed a bowl as i said, and now the parents are feeding him in it, they were afraid of the bowl at first, also, I found that while I am playing on the computer, I can hold him on my lap, my legs let it put it's legs down beside mine in a normal position, I will try this every day for a while to see if it helps, plus he is bonding with me too. and as long as the parents don't mind me taking him, I'll see if this works. I've noticed they are in a better position in the bowl. he moves around in it, but can not spread the legs out like he was doing on the floor, I will be keeping a close eye on him/her thanks again for the help.
 

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I fixed a bowl as i said, and now the parents are feeding him in it, they were afraid of the bowl at first, also, I found that while I am playing on the computer, I can hold him on my lap, my legs let it put it's legs down beside mine in a normal position, I will try this every day for a while to see if it helps, plus he is bonding with me too. and as long as the parents don't mind me taking him, I'll see if this works. I've noticed they are in a better position in the bowl. he moves around in it, but can not spread the legs out like he was doing on the floor, I will be keeping a close eye on him/her thanks again for the help.
I really think you need to tape the legs, or use the foam pad to keep them in a normal position. Don't think the bowl will be enough. Or putting him in your lap every day. If it isn't enough, which I don't think that it will be, by the time you find this out, it could be too late to correct the problem. That really wouldn't be fair to the poor bird, especially when it could easily be corrected now. Why take the chance with his well being for the rest of his life? Can you post a picture of just how bad the legs are?
 

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I just took some pictures, looking at some I had on the camera, he was ok on 10 april, so this started monday the 13th. He throw them out , even in the bowl, he flops around flapping his wings and throw the legs out of the bowl. this may be something for a vet, I am totally new to this stuff, and as a child my parents never kept a chick that was crippled in any way. this one I want to keep if possible.
 

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I sent you the link that tells you how you can fix this problem. Did you go to the web page? Do you have an avian vet? This is not going to correct itself, and the bird will end up crippled if you don't do something.
 

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They can also be taped in the correct position with self adhesive bandage. Just to let you know.
 
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