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Need advice please: Hurt chick, missing a toe!?!

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We have chicks that were hatched about 2 weeks ago that we bought from someone else. Marans and Ameraucanas. They have the same hatch date we were told. The smallest one was not acting right. Just laying in the same spot when the others were all over doing what they do. When I would get near the chick would not even move. So we picked it up to take a look and see if something was wrong and it had one of its legs drawn up to its body. So we got to looking at that leg and foot and we realized that it is now missing a toe. We did not see or hear anything and had been with them most of the day. They were all in their brooder. None of the bigger chicks can get to them. I do not know if it got caught on something, or if one of the other chicks may have done it, or if maybe something else? And I do not know what to do to help the baby chick? I have removed it from the others and have made it a makeshift home in a Rubbermaid tote and it is now in the house with us. It has not attempted to move around any at all. If you have any advice or thoughts as to what may have happened please leave me a comment? Thanks for any and all help.

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If the leg is not damaged and bleeding has stopped I would do nothing. Chicks heal quickly and adapt. Check for infection and keep separate from the others until the chick is walking. Putting one chick with the one that is hurt may be beneficial.
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Thank you very much for your help. I will see if I can find the chick a sweet friend that won't peck. I never saw any blood at all, not even dried blood. I do not know how this could have happened, it's just very strange. Chick still has not made any effort to eat or drink when we have tried to assist. How long do you think is ok for no eating or drinking?

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Thank you very much for your help. I will see if I can find the chick a sweet friend that won't peck. I never saw any blood at all, not even dried blood. I do not know how this could have happened, it's just very strange. Chick still has not made any effort to eat or drink when we have tried to assist. How long do you think is ok for no eating or drinking?


You are going to have to get it to drink - try a dropper for liquids. Make a very mushy slurry of crumbles and feed by hand if necessary, if it doesn't start soon it will die. :(

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You are going to have to get it to drink - try a dropper for liquids. Make a very mushy slurry of crumbles and feed by hand if necessary, if it doesn't start soon it will die. :(

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