The Red Solo Cup Solution and Rotational Leg Deformity

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Hazel and Kevin have a rotational deformity between their tibiotarsus and tarso-metatarsus (not splaying). The hobbling used for splaying does not bring the affected joints in the right position. Our avian vet had us use washcloth “bumpers”, but that did not work. They keep wriggling out. So far the cups seem to keep their legs in a better position. Kevin has good grasp with both feet and can do assisted perching on my finger. Both actually have good foot grasp.

I am retrying the cup method to see if this helps. I had my husband fashion a low perch to start practicing on with assistance.

Both are 5 weeks old this week. They have been hand fed since day of hatch which I’m sure has slightly slowed their development, but they are still growing and very aware.

Has anyone else dealt with this? Will the cup solution work? There is so much info out there on splaying but not our particular rotational deformity.


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Sep 16, 2021
Hanhs Macaw
While they are young, there is a higher possibility to correct the deformity.

Stiévenart C. A novel, nonsurgical method for the treatment of tibiotarsal rotation in houbara bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii) chicks. J Avian Med Surg. 2008 Mar;22(1):25-30. doi: 10.1647/2007-008R.1. PMID: 18543599.

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