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baby chicken can't get up once it falls down

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It started happening today when I took two of my chicks out onto the grass. One of them fell down and just couldn't seem to get up again. To get u again, I have to help it. It can walk around, eat and drink fine however, it's just not as 'energetic'. I bought them  last week on Sunday and they both seemed fine. 

 

 I heard that newspaper isn't a recommended bedding and it can cause a disease in the feet but I'm not sure what it is called. 

 

Please help!

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It started happening today when I took two of my chicks out onto the grass. One of them fell down and just couldn't seem to get up again. To get u again, I have to help it. It can walk around, eat and drink fine however, it's just not as 'energetic'. I bought them  last week on Sunday and they both seemed fine. 

 

 I heard that newspaper isn't a recommended bedding and it can cause a disease in the feet but I'm not sure what it is called. 

 

Please help!

Go to Tractor Supply and get a white bale of chips. Not the yellow bale. Take out the newspaper.  it is hard for them to develop on that slick surface. Put down 2-3 inches of wood chips from the white bale. Raise their feed and waterers a bit so they can't kick chips into them. If you can't do that, leave the newspaper down but go to the dollar store  and get the heavier weight waffle weave drawer liner. Put that down instead of the chips.  Both these surfaces will give the chicks a firm surface to stand and walk on so they can develop strong legs, feet and shanks. I like the chips better and they are cheaper.  Years ago, I raised a set of chicks on newspaper. They all became crippled because of the slick surface.

 Best,

 Karen

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

Reply
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Also when you get the chips, pick up a  small bottle of Bovidr Labs Poultry Nutri-Drench. Give each chick 1 or 2 drops orally. Put 2-3 ml per gallon in their water for the next 2 weeks to get them off to a strong start. My solution looks like very weak tea. I have used these products for over a decade on my collies and poultry. Just excellent. The Bovidr Labs formulas do not need to be digested. They mainline directly into the bloodstream, measurable in 30 minutes with 99% utilization, all natural, created by a USA cattle breeder.  http://www.nutridrench.com  This will quickly give your chicks the energy they need to jumpstart their immune and G.I. tracts.  If they are out of the Poultry Formula, you can also use the Goat formula. Just make sure to use the poultry instructions above. Last season I raised 42 Light Sussex on the Goat Formula , using the Poultry instructions. No deaths, no sickness, just 42 robust chicks.

Best Regards,

 Karen

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

Reply
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