So, I swear we have the Boneless Chicken ranch chick. 8(
We've got a chick, the only one that hatched out of our first attempt, that has not stood yet, has curled toes and lies like a Gary Larsen-class boneless chicken.
Here is a pic of him today about 30 hrs post-hatch. I figure that the problem is based on too-high humidity during incubation, but is there anything we can do for this little guy now? He's a scrappy little fellow that we want to do right by.
We've been giving him sugar water with B PolyViSol vitamins. He was peeping unconsolably and the other chicks (bought from the Feed and Seed) were stomping on him so we removed him from the brooder, wrapped him in a soft paper towel and held him against our chests through several football games. 8) He seemed to be happier when held against our chests. the sad peeping stopped and he slept.
My son, below, has become chick-momma.
Obviously, we cannot hold him all night. We've made a hopefully inviting brooder for him in a drawer with a furry-duster, a heating pad on low and balled socks for comfort.
So, our questions are:
He has not stood and while he tries to pull his legs up under him it does not seem to work. Is he likely to ever stand? Is there anything we can do to help him?
We tried booties but they seemed to make his swollen legs worse. So, we removed the booties and applied neosporin.
Any suggestions are gratefully welcome!
Leslie and Gustav...and Chick C.