1 week old chick suddenly can't stand, seems healthy otherwise, what could it be?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dudu, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Dudu

    Dudu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dear All,

    I haven't seen this before but out of a litter of 6 babies that hatched approx. a week or 10 days ago, one suddenly cannot stand up or move properly, but is still very active, peeping, eating and drinking by himself. I saw the mommy this morning making scratching motions on him and thought that was the cause but I am not sure what really happened. I immediately isolated him not to be killed by the mom.

    I have never seen this before, does anything come to mind? Thanks a LOT in advance...

    Irena
     
  2. Eggcessive

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  3. hatcherkid777

    hatcherkid777 Out Of The Brooder

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    It is possible it could be spraddle leg it would help if you posted pics here is a link about spraddle leg
     
  4. Dudu

    Dudu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much, will try to take a video tomorrow. Am reading the link, thanks so much, I didn't know about it.
     
  5. hatcherkid777

    hatcherkid777 Out Of The Brooder

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    No problem
     
  6. Dudu

    Dudu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adding photos (battery too low to make a video, aaargh!), but I'm afraid they don't really illustrate the problem - however, s/he seems to be able to stand and even walk, but when walking, after a few steps either falls on the side, or flips over on the back, but immediately corrects herself and continues to walk. I read some from the website (above) and I am thinking of bringing him a buddy from the same litter, but at the same time afraid that the buddy might accidentally push my sickie unnecessarily.

    I also added poly-vitamins for poultry to the water this morning (our day is just starting now, it's almost 7 am).

    Last night I found him comfortable with a full crop. This morning I assisted him to drink, but I think he drinks on his own also.

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  7. Eggcessive

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    He would probably love company--just watch them to make sure he doesn't get picked on.
     
  8. Dudu

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    Thanks, will try that out then, although tonight I found him sleeping peacefully under the pink teddy bear that I put in there for him. But I think I'll bring him a buddy soon.

    Small update - he seems to be able to walk more without falling over. Really moves around a lot, eats and drinks. I soooo hope it was just his mom stepping on him maybe. He doesn't seem to have anything visibly wrong with his leggies. We'll see.
     

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