Smudge has something wrong with one of her back legs? She stands on it weird. Almost like a horse ready to kick, with the 'toe' turned under. It doesn't seem to hurt her and I can move it and it's not swollen, etc. Her and her sister were a little chilled and are now toasty under a heating pad. Next time she's up I'll try to get a pic.
I read somewhere that leg stuff like this is common and you can splint it and it will hopefully straighten out? Is that true?
this can be from contracted tendons - basically from being a little cramped in the uterus.
I've also seen it happen when you have given an IM needle in the back leg/rump, and hit a nerve.
Either way will resolve by itself, with time.
Either way it doesnt hurt to splint. If it makes you more confident and reassured, go ahead and splint it. I tend to leave it alone. If you do leave it, just keep an eye that the skin doesnt get rubbed raw from being on the ground all the time.
I have lots of baby animals born like this, and it usually straightens out within a few days. With one or two I have splinted just so that the baby can stand upright - this is when ALL their legs are like that, though!
When I have a baby with a weak leg ...I splint it ..so that the tendons can be in a more normal position.......I usually leave it on for 4 days ..take it off to see how things are...and if the leg/or legs... are still funky ...then I put it back on a little longer..............
It also wouldn't hurt.......to give a bo-se shot.....and nutra drench....
When the rear legs are bent back like that it is usually a selenium deficiency and a Bo-se shot will help that. When it is the front legs it is usually a contracted tendon due to utro position and either time or splints if they have trouble walking.
One of our little does that was just born had a problem with her back leg. Her hock bent inward and it was really bad. I bought some 400 IU vitamin E capsules at Wal Mart and gave her one everyday. I just opened up an end and squirted it into her mouth. It must not have tasted too bad because she was happy to get them LOL. After 2 days her leg was completely fixed! Just an idea if you can't get anything else