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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 06:50 PM Thread Starter

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Does anyone know what club feet is caused by? I saw three young birds whose feet where shaped like a U facing inward toward their bodies. They seemed to be walking on the outer sides of their feet and can't perch but can climb. When on your finger, their feet almost feel flat. I have never seen anything like it. They appear to have beautiful plumage and be completely healthy otherwise. I just like to learn as much as I can. Can you tell by the photo? I have a video but can't get it to load. The baby just stays on the grate because it keeps trying to jump on the low perch and can't grip.

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I could be wrong, but this looks like spead legs.
That happens in the nestbox when their mother sits on them. The legs get spead and don't grow straight.
If a responsable breeder sees that the chick has to be taped as early as possible to get healthy legs.
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It does look a bit splayed in all honesty. A lot of birds look like that if they did't get it too bad

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Our new Budgie is splayed. She perches fine though and climbs and jumps around the cage just fine. I think Chet also was a little splayed when we got her as a baby, but you wouldn't know it except when she's very tired, she sits with her legs very wide. Neither one was bad enough to need splinting.

I don't know if you remember Alice who we got our Linnie's from, but in her Signature was "The Miracle that is Peanut". Peanut was extremely splayed, but they splinted her legs and she was able to perch and run across the table. If you are interested, here are the videos of Bob with Peanut:

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