So the very last little chick in this batch did so just as I was originally posting here. It is a yellow chick. When it first hatched it sprawled out on its back but I was not worried because we all know how they look when they first come out. But now here I am 5 hours later and he is still on his back making no attempts to right himself. I have rolled him on his belly but he immediately pushes himself back on his back.
Originally I thought that this was a relatively late hatch. I had thought they were hatching on day 23. I looked at my calendar again and they actually started on day 21 and ended on day 22. 94% hatch rate over all. 17 out of 18 were fertile. All made it to lockdown. The one that died did externally pip though it was on the wrong end and on the bottom of the shell. I did not know he had pipped until I found him dead in the shell. My temp and humidity were steady during incubation, but am now wondering what is going on? Genetics? Something with the hatch? 2 chicks are displaying bad symptoms. They came from the same flock, healthy birds, all of the other chicks look great, running around like new chicks should.
So does it sound like the yellow chick too has splay leg? Is this another way it can manifest itself? Since it is late and I don't know what else to do at this point I have treated this chick the same way: Pedialyte, bound it's legs with band aids, and put it in a deep cup. It's legs too are very strong, No matter what I do this chicks pushes really hard with both legs and ends up on his back. Please tell me it is the same thing and I am doing the right thing. Please tell me it's going to be okay...
If this is not splay leg, any ideas as to what it is? The only other thing that I have noticed that is different with this chick is that it's neck is curled forward a little kind of into itself like it would have been in the egg... almost like he has not completely stretched out yet. Could this be a hatching injury? Chick hatched on it's own, but like I said it was the last one to hatch.