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Help! Newly hatched chick...

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One of my incubated eggs hatched last night and this morning the chick was on its back, but was perfectly alert. It seems as though it will not extend its legs on its own. I separated it from the rest of the chicks because I didn't want them jumping on her... Anyone have any idea what the problem may be?!
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Was the chick overdue?  Sometimes if the chick is late hatching the legs start to deform.  I would carefully work on regular therapy as much as possible, and stretch the legs out to work the muscles and ligaments.

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Originally Posted by JanetMarie View Post

Was the chick overdue?  Sometimes if the chick is late hatching the legs start to deform.  I would carefully work on regular therapy as much as possible, and stretch the legs out to work the muscles and ligaments.
No it actually hatched on the 20th day... I'll have to try the therapy for the poor little legs...
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I would put vitamins in the water also might help
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I would put vitamins in the water also might help
It seems like it's legs don't fully extend like they are supposed to... The chick is literally flipping around to move. It's legs almost go completely around the back of its head when it's on its stomach!
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I think I've seen pics of that. Maybe sprade leg? Good me it. If it is that there's ways to correct it.
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