How do you mend a chick?

Chick hobble

Can you guess what this is? Yes, you're right, it's a hair elastic with two earphone rubbers slotted on to it. but what possible use could that have?

Well the answer is this little gismo has saved a chick's life. One of our four chicks hatched with a condition know as splayed legs, where it cannot bear weight on its legs. This means it would not have been able to get to the food of water and if left to its own devices would have died.

However with the help of my hair bobble and earphone rubbers I made a hobble which I slipped onto the chick's legs to hold them closer together and within 24 hours the chick had kicked off the hobble and was scooting around with the others - magic!