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6 day old baby chick/spraddle leg/crop issue?

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This is my first ever chick (which I adopted from the school I work in). I have a baby chick that hatched on Tuesday; today it is about 6 days old. The little chick has spraddled legs which I created a splint for. It can stand, but cannot walk. I have been hand feeding it (it wasn't originally eating the chick starter so I started putting yogurt on my finger tip and it took to this. I took it to the vet on Saturday and she said the splint looked good, but he was not hydrated. She gave him warm fluids. Since, he's drinking more (water with electrolytes), eating some starter, eating yogurt, and eating a type of formula mixture given to me by vet. Unfortunately, he's still not walking. Just falls over. Additionally, I noticed a very small little bulge to the right of neck. It feels like it is air filled or liquid filled and very soft. Is this his crop? Is it sour? He doesn't have a ton of feathers so its noticeable. He's going to the bathroom (green poo and liquid). This morning, it seemed flatter (maybe after not drinking or eating overnight)... I have been checking on his every few hours in middle of night to give fluids because he can't walk to food or water.

Help! What do I do?
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Welcome to BYC :frow The chick may be having difficulty walking while wearing the splint, have you taken it off to see how it fairs without? They are so clumsy when small, it may not feel up to running much with the extras on.

 

The crop you described sounds normal. In chicks, especially after they had a good meal, the crop can look quite alarming! As long as it's droppings are coming and the crop goes down overnight, I wouldn't worry. Keep it on the chick starter etc and hydrated, that is good.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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