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It's not too late but you must take immediate action.
Can we see a picture?
 

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Gonzo must have been at least 6 weeks when I found her because she was flying in a flock, I thought that would be too late to correct her splay but it worked, although now she waddles when she walks.

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Is it just the picture or is the band too tight on the leg?
 

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Does the swollen leg feel hot to the touch?
 

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OK. First off...you need to make a donut, out of a towel, just his size and secure the ends so that they stay together. I use duct tape. Follow the instructions for tapping the leg as described in the resource section.
It's good to have a towel underneath him too.
 

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Experiment and see which one seems to be the most comfortable for the bird. Just getting him in the donut will help some. Remember, the donut shape needs to be just his size so he can't move the leg out away from his body.
 

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OK got him in the donut with no help from him! Funny how well he can use both the legs to kick and fight with me LOL!! Gonna wait for the hubby before trying to tape them.
Any thoughts as to why that one leg is so swollen and is there anything I can or should do for it?
 

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OK got him in the donut with no help from him! Funny how well he can use both the legs to kick and fight with me LOL!! Gonna wait for the hubby before trying to tape them.
Any thoughts as to why that one leg is so swollen and is there anything I can or should do for it?
Can you get a good picture of the two legs for comparison? Is the swollen leg the one that seems to be splayed or is it the other one? Or both?
Do you have any snap bands?
 

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I will try to get better pics when we bring him in to tape the legs. But for now if you look at the first pic I posted the leg that is on OUR left is out and slightly forward but not swollen and HIS left leg is the swollen one and is kind of pushed back towards his butt.
Yes I do have snap bands.
 

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I will try to get better pics when we bring him in to tape the legs. But for now if you look at the first pic I posted the leg that is on OUR left is out and slightly forward but not swollen and HIS left leg is the swollen one and is kind of pushed back towards his butt.
Yes I do have snap bands.
OK. That's what I thought, but wasn't sure.......when I fix splayed legs, I use the band that's on the leg already and a snap band and a rubber band between the two. Taping will work and if that's easier, then do that.
I'm just wondering if it has injured that leg somehow. Was this a single baby?
 

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He didn't start out as a single baby but I lost his nest mate over the weekend. I hadn't been paying close enough attention since the parents did such a good job with the first round and didn't realize that the smaller one hadn't been getting fed. By the time I noticed he was very weak and being inexperienced at handfeeding I wasn't able to save him. I still haven't had the heart to go update my thread and tell them the bad news.

The leg problem is my fault as well, most of the breeders are in big nest boxes with bowls and nest pads. But I also have a stack of poor man nest boxes (milk crates) with cut out pieces of wood for the bottoms. The first round these two built a fortress for a nest but not so much this round. Once I noticed he was sliding around I slipped a nest pad under them but apparently not in time.
I'm not sure if he injured it or just over used it trying to compensate for the one sticking out. I do know I wasn't swollen a few days ago so the swelling is recent.
 

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OK just went to make sure he was still in his donut and the swelling on his leg is getting worse. Earlier when I took the picture I could spin his band easily and now it is getting tight.
 

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I must be doing something wrong with the tape and the donut. I tried taping around the ankles and he just climbed out of his donut with both his legs sticking out behind him pathetically. So I taped above the knees and he is still climbing out of his donut either way he is not cooperating LOL!
AZ we don't have any avian vets and the vets we do have are already closed for the day.
 

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Does your husband have a Dremel tool? We just (not WE, Everett) used one last week end to remove a band from a guys birds leg that was swelled up. It wasn't easy and took a little while, but they finally got the band off.
Did the swelling get worse AFTER you taped the leg?
 
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