Now, should you laugh or be worried? Lucky for our little gosling we can do both. Spraddle legs or splayed-legs is when chicks or waterfowl’s legs go out to the side, or do “the splits”. This can happen for a few different reasons, and is made worse if they are put on a slippery surface.
Our gosling, (see the post before, September 28th) was having problems walking and after a search on the internet I found what she/he had and how to correct it.
The gosling could move but was pushing itself on it’s belly. If it had been with the geese it would have been squashed or left behind.
The way to correct this problem is to tie the legs together above the ankles. Not too tight, just enough so the feet are held in the correct position. I thought this would be difficult and the gosling would be falling around all over the place. But, when I put one of my daughters soft hair elastics around it’s legs, (with tape in the middle) the gosling stood up immediately!
It pitter-pattered around with little dancing steps just like the penguin in “Happy Feet”. It made me laugh, and happy to see it standing and moving around the little corral I had made it.
I have to keep checking the legs, but hopefully in a few days it will be able to stand without the elastic.
Now we are tying to decide if it is male or female. The girls have decided to name it Penny or Sheldon, from the “Big Bang Theory”. However, for now, and maybe for awhile, it will be Penny-Sheldon!