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1 Day old chick with bent legs, can't stand up straight...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stitch81, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. stitch81

    stitch81 Chirping

    May 23, 2011
    I have a 1 day old baby chick (hatched on day 21, but was very weak and had membrane covering his face-I pulled him out quickly to remove the membrane). He laid on the floor of the hatcher for several hours, breathing and chirping, before finally trying to get up and move around. He seems to be having trouble extending his left leg, and right wing. He didn't move around much until late last evening, and is now hobbling around the hatcher fairly well, but the leg is still somewhat bent under him (like it doesn't want to extend), and it still seems that his right wing is not moving properly. Any ideas what I can do?
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011

  2. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Songster

    Sep 7, 2010
    You can try to brace the leg/wing into a more correct position with bandaids, tape, pipe cleaners ect. But sadly in my experience most of these cases are simply not ment to survive and often have other unseen problems that show up later.

    After trying to nurse weak chicks, most with little success and significant suffering I now give a questionable chick 24 hours or maybe a little more if it is a tough call. By then if they can't get to their feet and start to feed I feel it best to do the humane thing.

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