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So I have a few day old chick and its legs seem useless. I'm pretty sure it's splayed leg. I made a splint type thing but it cannot eat on its own- it just lays there. When I woke up this morning it was really far away from the heater- not sure how long it had been in the cooler air. It perked up enough to drink some water from a medicine cup but it is just sitting in a towel on my chest with its eyes closed. Tried the cup physical therapy but it is so weak. Time to cull? It cheeps every now and then... but I haven't seen any progress in about 20 hours. 

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Yes, time to cull. It is dying. Best to put it down now. I am sorry for your loss.

 Best,

 Karen


Edited by 3riverschick - 2/14/16 at 10:10am

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.

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Originally Posted by TurkenMomma View Post
 

So I have a few day old chick and its legs seem useless. I'm pretty sure it's splayed leg. I made a splint type thing but it cannot eat on its own- it just lays there. When I woke up this morning it was really far away from the heater- not sure how long it had been in the cooler air. It perked up enough to drink some water from a medicine cup but it is just sitting in a towel on my chest with its eyes closed. Tried the cup physical therapy but it is so weak. Time to cull? It cheeps every now and then... but I haven't seen any progress in about 20 hours. 

The one time I had a splayed leg chick, it was because the chick had some sort of neurological problem. She never figured out how to drink, and she never did manage to keep her legs under her on her own. I did everything possible to get her to pull through, electrolytes, vitamins, wet the feed till it was dissolved and runny (easier to feed to her), fed scrambled eggs; I mean everything, for a week. She died in the night.

Sometimes splayed legs is caused simply by a chick being weak after hatching, or an injury from too slippery of a surface; and in those cases the splinting and electrolytes are all that is needed to get back on track. Other times, there is something genuinely wrong with the chick, and it won't make it, no matter what you do.

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