I've been lurking for a few weeks. My SFH chicks hatched on the 30th of July - got 3 adorable little chicks. Within a few days it was clear that one (Frida) was not doing well at all. She was not growing and once her wing feathers started to come in, she would get "turtled." She would end up on her back and couldn't get back up. It was like her wing feathers outweighed her body, making it impossible for her to get up. She also got repeatedly pasted up. First I separated her from the bigger chicks and put her and one other chick in a different brooder. I started giving her some gatoraid. Then I cut off all her growing flight feathers - that helped her a lot as it made it easier for her to get back up if she got tipped over.
And here's something I never thought I'd say... I shaved the chick's backside to prevent her waste from sticking there and pasting her up again. (Yes - I shaved a chicks butt!)
Then folks on here started posting about their own "special needs" SFH chicks and the use of vitamins. Adding vitamins made a big difference too. I believe Frida is now out of the woods, health wise. She's still far smaller than the other SFH chicks of the same age, but she is up, active and growing. She doesn't get turtled any more.
Frida (on the left with the chopped-off wing feathers) is still smaller than Inga (on the right) who is the same age.
Thank you to those who posted about the use of vitamins for these chicks! I'll be using them with all my future SFH chicks!
Best of luck with your Frida. Poor thing! She looks so sweet. Her coloring is beautiful. I laughed about shaving her butt. I trimmed a few here too but it seemed to really help!