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Please help! Chick with issues

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I've posted this in another thread if you've already seen it please disregard.
I have a little chick about 2 weeks old. Part of a staggered hatch. I believe one of the other chicks may have jumped on it. Anyways, it's got a slipped tendon that we've been caring for and trying to heal for a few days, but it's making a strange motion with its neck. I can't tell if this is a reflex or a seizure.. Please watch this YouTube video and give me your input
Edited by cedarcovefarm - 10/21/15 at 4:34am
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Chick sounds very unhappy, possibly afraid/lonely and/or cold.

 

What is up with the red marks? Are you sure there are no lice? Are you gently scratching the chicks head/neck area where she can't reach? If she can't scratch she may be itchy due to feather growth.

 

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Edited by Sonya9 - 10/20/15 at 5:02pm
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Her skin is just a reddish pink color. That's the color she was when she hatched. I'm pretty sure there's no lice. I hatched her and she never been outside. I do believe she gets cold but I can't figure out that weird spasm. That's a good thought on scratching. I'll definetly do that. And thanks for the info on embedding the video. I had no idea about that😀
Edited by cedarcovefarm - 10/20/15 at 5:20pm
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Her skin is just a reddish pink color. That's the color she was when she hatched. I'm pretty sure there's no lice. I hatched her and she never been outside. I do believe she gets cold but I can't figure out that weird spasm. That's a good thought on scratching. I'll definetly do that. And thanks for the info on embedding the video. I had no idea about that😀

 

Do you have a heat source for her?  Cold is very bad for chicks and that could be the death of her in the long run.  There is a thread on making a "heating pad brooder", basically taking a heating pad, making a little cave out of it and letting the chick go in and out to warm up as needed.

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I have a ceramic heat bulb over its brooder. I also put a petsafe heating pad under its paper towels after realizing it just wasn't warm enough. I'm also covering it will little scraps of flannel fabric☺️my husband thinks I've lost my mind
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I have a ceramic heat bulb over its brooder. I also put a petsafe heating pad under its paper towels after realizing it just wasn't warm enough. I'm also covering it will little scraps of flannel fabric☺️my husband thinks I've lost my mind


Just make sure the chick can get away from the heat too!  I might try covering the heating pad with felt and making a little snuggle cave for the chick, it may be more comforting since the little thing is alone. Heck I might chick nap another one to keep her company.

 

Keep in mind for a flock/social animal like chickens a chick by themselves usually = dead chick. That has to cause a lot of psychological stress which is not good for their health.


Edited by Sonya9 - 10/21/15 at 1:00pm
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