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My Baby Chick cant walk what do I do?

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One of my Baby chicks cant walk.  He eats and drinks but cant walk.  It like his legs are week.  He is one day old.  How can I help him?

post #2 of 28

If his legs are way off to the side search here for what I think is called spraddle or splayed legs. Looks like a neat trick using band aids to make a brace.

post #3 of 28

As long as he is eating and drinking, give him some time to get his land legs.. smile

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Thank you the repleys.  How do you make a splint out of bandaids?

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Sometimes newly hatched chicks don't have all their motor controls working and it might take a day or two to get it together.  I was worried about one of mine yesterday, which I kept turning over because it was always ending up on its back.  Today, it is standing upright.  I left it in the incubator to "finish" there, instead of introducing it to a brooder just yet, with all the extra room, stimulation, etc.

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I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

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Yes.. I have had some babies not be able to walk for a while.. they just like to lay up under the heat lamp, or in the bator.  By day 2 they have their way.. If you have any Poly-Vi-Sol WITH OUT iron, it wouldn't hurt to give it a drop or two.

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post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Baralak 

Yes.. I have had some babies not be able to walk for a while.. they just like to lay up under the heat lamp, or in the bator.  By day 2 they have their way.. If you have any Poly-Vi-Sol WITH OUT iron, it wouldn't hurt to give it a drop or two.


Same here except I didn't give the poly-vi-sol.  I aspirated a day old chick once by doing it so I never will again unless absolutely necessary. They are just so tiny and so hard to get the drops in the right place - for me at least.  I had three chicks from this last hatch not walk till the second day.  It was scary and I was literally up every couple hours that night checking on them, but all of a sudden they were up and running and haven't stopped since.  The first two I put hobbles on because they did have splayed legs.  I was able to take them off within 6 hours - legs fixed.  Be sure to check often since they grow fast and you don't want to just leave them on them for days. 

Here is a photo of the one I made.  I use the pad in the center as a guide as to far apart to keep the legs.  It always works.  This was a Serama chick so I used a smaller bandaid.  For my other bantam chick, the next size up.

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm236/zoomummzy/5385346116_5e6c2413e9_b.jpg

Good luck!

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omgosh!  Thankyou.  I did it and it works.  I dont have any vit. and we are in a blizzard now but I will get some as soon as I can.  He didnt know what to think about be doing that to him or her.

post #9 of 28

WOW  thanks guys.  I haven't had this problem, but this is such a good thing to know about.  I just hatched out my first chicks, and one took longer to get his land legs!  Really made me nervous, but I figured that he had such a hard time getting out of his little egg, he must be worn out.  Now he is up and running around, eating and drinking.  YEAH!

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Originally Posted by jaburke 

omgosh!  Thankyou.  I did it and it works.  I dont have any vit. and we are in a blizzard now but I will get some as soon as I can.  He didnt know what to think about be doing that to him or her.


the good thing about doing it on ones this young is they really can't fight you!  Lol I had to do this to a week old chick...wow, was it hard!

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