I have a week-old chick that cannot stand or walk. She was doing fine the first couple of days and then about day 5 I noticed she wasn't moving. She was very weak so I put her in her own box. Now she is eating, drinking, and pooing like normal but she still can't walk and she chirps very loudly when she moves like it hurts.
I've considered spraddle leg but her legs don't splay out like other pictures I've seen. Although sometimes I have found her with her legs slightly away from her body, but she's not doing the splits. Sometimes her toes curl as well. I had paper towels over pine shavings in the brooder so I don't see how it could be spraddle leg. I did put in a small block of wood to keep the chicks from getting to the pine shavings. I found some of them sleeping on it so I took it out. Could she have gotten spraddle leg from sleeping on the wood block?
Or could she have just hurt or sprained her leg somehow? I've tried putting her in a sling and that seems to calm her down. The spraddle leg band aid remedy seems a little intimidating so I don't want to administer it until I'm pretty sure she has it. I don't want to stress her out any more than I have to.
Any thoughts or ideas? Thank you!