Splayed Legs In Quail Cured

Sara, one of the farmingfriends visitors, contacted me for advice as 2 of her day old quail had a splayed leg problem. I sent Sara some information which suggested that she use a band aid to splint the legs. You can strap/splint the legs so that they come back into line. This can be done with pipe cleaners, elastic bands or probably best of all an elastaplast bandaid. I have found a great article that shows you how to splint the chick. Here is the link


I was delighted to receive this email from Sara with great news,

2 Day old quail cured of splayed legs“Great success with the splay legs cure.  Highly recommend it to anyone who has similar problems.  Can’t thank you enough for the info.  Lost one chick yesterday, it hadn’t looked quite right but seemed active, eating and drinking although it did lay with its legs stretched out behind when sleeping.  This has been my first experience of quail chicks although I have had adults for 3-4 years and love them.  They are not as scatty as some people say, I go into my pen 2 – 3 times daily and they are not spooked though I have noticed that if a stranger walks up to them they are a bit more flighty.  If anyone wants a very dark quail cock bird I have one I would happily rehome as he does not like the white cock bird and is quite aggressive.  Would probably suit being on his own with just hens!  I may have to build another run and separate him out with a couple of hens of his own.  Anyone thinking of having quail – go ahead, their song is a delight and the eggs are much appreciated by friends and relatives alike.  A lovely change to take to a dinner party instead of wine!!!  Their needs are not complicated and they do grow to know you, mine cope with 9 dogs (4 labs and 5 terriers) and, as their pen is by the back gate put up with the dogs going ballistic at anyone approaching.  None of this worries them, just goes to show they adjust to most things.  Once again many thanks for the advice yesterday.  Attached are two pictures of the quail before and after splinting.  Will recommend your website to everyone. Brilliant! Kind regards” Sara I am delighted to hear that sara’s quail are better and that the advice about splayed legs works.

  1. we have just had five chicks hatch & one of them had splayed legsthanks to the help link we spooted & treated it quickly
    & as soon as you put plaster to hold legs together the chick manages to stay upright

    Comment by PETER UPSHAW – August 9, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  2. Hi Peter,
    I am delighted that your chick is now able to stand. It is great to hear that the information is of use.
    Keep me posted about your chicks.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

5 thoughts on “Splayed Legs In Quail Cured”

  1. Hi Matt,
    Hope your quail is ok. Have your tried the elastoplast on the legs? Have a read of this forum link to see what a few others have done with their quail with splayed legs and I have added your enquiry to the forum as well. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=467&replies=9#post-15724
    Are you able to ring your vet for advice over the phone. they maybe able to say what is wrong especially if the quail seems to be fitting. i wonder if it’s aproblem with the nervous system?
    Hope the quail will be ok. Let us know how you get on.
    kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  2. hi

    i have a baby Japanese quail that has splayed leg but nothing i try works every time i apply something he just seems to have an attack or something because he starts vibrating and it seems to scare the other quails so i end up having to remove what ever i put on his legs i did have an other in the batch i just hatched out but that ones legs have healed on their own iv read alot of different articals about other methods and if they don’t work that i should put it out of its misery but i don’t want to-do that can anyone help me

    regards matt

  3. I have tryed this but the chick still cannot stand up on its legs yet.. they are both 5 days old.. what shall i do ?

  4. Hi Keith,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment. Your information and advice about splayed legs is very useful. Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts here.
    I also have a free forum with a section on incubating and hatching and the forum is very friendly, it may be of interest to you. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=8
    Do you have any poultry at the moment and are you incubating any eggs?
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  5. Its my opinion from many years of hatching, that getting the splayed (spraddled) legged chick on 1/8 inch wire as soon as possible will correct most chicks with this defect. Splayed legs are typically caused by staying a little too long in the egg at hatching although other incubation problems can cause this to occur. If the method from poultryhelp.com is used to correct this problem using bandaids, rubber bands or pipe cleaners as a type of brace, the splayed legged chick should be quarantined to prevent other healhy chicks from pecking the brace. Happy hatching!

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