2 wks chick sitting a lot

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  1. DrMeat

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    Hi, new here! I just got my first chicks a little over 2 week ago. I have a Buff Orpington and 2 Mottled Javas. My question is about one of my Javas. Today I've noticed that she seems to be sitting a lot. It looks like her legs are maybe weak? She'll be foraging around and then just sit. She still has energy and in fact will often continue pecking at things from her seated position. She also seem to be walking a little less erect than the other two. I'm a little worried about her, as she is also my 'runt'. She's been just a little smaller than the other two from day 1, and seems to maybe be falling further behind. The sitting issue just started today though.

    I'm thinking maybe it's a vitamin deficiency, so I just put the electrolytes with vitamins in their water. Any other ideas?[​IMG]
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thanks! She seems great today! A little bit of the sitting this morning, but when I got home from work and let them out for their free time she was running around just as much as the other two. :)
     
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    Glad to hear that!
    Maybe she was a little unsure of her surroundings or was just having a day where she was enjoying the sunshine[​IMG]
     
  5. pck1

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    What about chick's that are 9 days. These are Cornish Cross starting to feather, but their bellies are balding some and wing elbows some also. Is this just part of the molting process?
     
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    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you post a photo?
    Most likely it is normal - losing down on the belly and wings and starting the feathering process.
    Are they laying down a lot?
    At 9 days I would think they would be mostly active chicks.
     
  7. pck1

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    Hope this works.

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    They are active a good 60-70% of time from when we see them.
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

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    I forgot --- Welcome to BYC!

    The feather loss looks pretty normal, especially since they are meat birds which aren't always as active as other breeds. If I understand correctly the laying down can cause some difficulties in Cornish Cross when they are a bit older, such as Breast Blister.
    Good litter management IMO can help reduce problems as well as monitoring food.

    You may want to look at some of the meat bird forums here on BYC.

    http://animals.mom.me/raise-cornish-cross-chickens-2179.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-cornish-x-for-meat-the-truth
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/40/breast-blister/
     
  10. pck1

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    Thank you. And thanks for the lines to check out preventative measures.
     

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