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URGENT: Help please! Injured chick?

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My husband found one of our chicks laying in the brooder this morning with its head all of the way back into its back.  Its feet are either always stretched out, or the whole foot is curled up.  All it does is lay there. It is breathing heavily and its eyes are closed.  Has anybody else had this issue?  Is there anything we can do to help it?  My husband has been giving it water through a dropper, but we aren't sure what else to do.  Vets are not usually open on Saturdays here. :(


Edited by Jujubeans2008 - 3/26/16 at 4:29am
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Is the baby still alive?


It's hard to say what is causing your chick to do this. Sometimes they just don't make it. You can try holding the chick upright in your hand and rub his neck gently with one finger beginning from the base of the beak and moving downward, in case the baby has something in the way of its breathing this *could* help.

Hard boiled eggs mushed up real small and watered down with electrolytes and/or water can be offered to the chick if it is stable enough for it. If you get the mixture watery enough you may be able to suck it up in the dropper.

Be careful using a syringe and/or dropper though. The risk of aspiration is very great if you aren't careful.

Medically, I'm not sure what is wrong. Things like wry neck and mareks disease is something I would look into. Not saying your bird could have that, sometimes babies die from internal defects that we cannot easily detect or treat.


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it could be a couple of things. possibly wry neck. three birds in my flock had wry neck so badly they couldn't eat or drink by themselves, they couldn't walk either. one did flips while trying to walk. I was very fortunate with help and treatment all three recovered. if food is brought to her will your bird eat? is she able? you might have to tube feed her until she is able to eat herself. you can use a fish air pump hose as a tube and for feed Exact baby bird feed by Kaytee is perfect for tube feeding. it's nutritionally complete. it's a fine powder you mix with water into a thin slurry then take a irrigation syringe and fill with the thin mix of food. slowly push the food down the tube .the tube goes into the crop. search the BYC forum for proper tube placement. feeding can be a matter of life and death and you can do it. the only part that seems different from wry neck is the paralysis of legs. This red flags me to think Mareks Disease. was this chick vaccinated for Mareks disease at hatch?? I'm a bit torn between thinking wry neck or Mareks disease and would like to see what others think. Please put this same post in the emergency forum and post here some opinions of others. The neck looks like wry neckd which can be successfully treated with a vitamin regiment but how her legs and body are displayed is like classic Mareks disease which sadly has no cure. it causes paralysis from tumors inside the body. it's extremely contagious and extremely wide spread. it's basically everywhere. Hatcheries usually offer a Mareks vaccine at hatch for about .50 cents per bird or less.They do it at hatch before the bird has a chance of exposure. Gets some other opinions and see what others have to say. I'm so very sorry she is sick. I wish I could be more help.
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Check out this thread regarding "star-gazing" in chicks.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/653515/star-gazing
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Thank y'all.  I will post this in the emergency forum.

The chick is moving its legs and does wake up.  We are thinking that it is wry neck.  We made an early trip to walmart to buy vitamin B supplements and pedialyte.  It's willingly eating from a dropper.  We are being very cautious to not get the liquid in the baby's nose, but it cannot eat alone and its neck is too "scrunched up" to be able to get to the food and water dish by itself, but there are shallow saucers in there just in case it is able to.  Any other suggestions?

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Sounds like you are on the right track!
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Thanks!  I sure hope so.

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