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Why splayed legs in 6 week old chicks?

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Our first hatch for this year involved mutt chicken eggs, taken from our starter backyard flock. We hatched on March 7th, and the chicks seemed perfectly normal until about 6 weeks old.

We raised them in a brooder that was a large 100 gallon stock tank with hay in the bottom for the first three weeks or so, so there was no sliding or slipping around on sleek newspaper. We then moved them to a larger area in our barn, with wood shavings for bedding. At about six weeks one of them developed splayed legs, and couldn't move around. We ended up dispatching her. Now we have another one that is starting to have splayed legs and getting worse all the time. These birds are fully feathered, and they are now in yet another coop area.

I don't think it's germs. We have had them on chick starter feed the whole time. Is there something they are missing missing nutritionally? Or something else we are missing?
Edited by Storybook Farm - 5/1/16 at 6:27pm

Marcia

 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:22-26 (ESV)

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Marcia

 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:22-26 (ESV)

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Can you post photos?

Could be from a vitamin deficiency, I would add vitamins to the water, especially the B vitamins. Make sure it has B2 (Riboflavin).

 

Here is more info on splay leg and vitamin deficiencies:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/leg-foot-and-toe-issues-in-poultry-of-all-ages

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/
http://www.tillysnest.com/2014/03/vitamin-deficiencies-in-backyard-chicks-html/

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We're they vaccinated for Mareks disease? It can cause similar symptoms and is highly contagious. ? A vitamin deficiency can cause this as well and be corrected with vitamin therapy if that's the cause.
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Thanks so much!

Marcia

 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:22-26 (ESV)

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Marcia

 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:22-26 (ESV)

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