3.5 week old chicks have difficult time walking all the sudden

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RichtmanRanch, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. RichtmanRanch

    RichtmanRanch Chirping

    Dec 23, 2013
    I am raising 10 chicks with some students at school. I noticed last week that it seemed that two of the chicks were not as active as the other chicks. They had electrolyte water for the first week. And all the chicks seemed healthy and walking just fine, up until last week when I noticed these two. They are both laying breeds. It seems as though their legs are having a hard time supporting their own body weight. They dont to a lot of standing, the are now starting to sleep with their legs stretched out to the side. They still eat and drink. But they dont have as much energy as the other chicks, they rest and sleep a lot more, they dont like to scratch around and investigate things.

    When they do walk they take a few steps then will plop down suddenly and the steps are very wobbly. One of the chicks also have a wing the is a bit droopy. They also can get stressed easily and will pant, but the heat lamp is at the proper height and temp for their age, and it is also only on one side of the enclosure, so the do have access to cooler temps. But it could just also be the way her feathers are growing in. Thoughts?

    What changed? They were fine for the first 2.5 weeks, not sign of problems. I have separated the two with food and water. added electrolytes to their water as well. I also am just realizing I did not get chick feed with medications to help prevent chick illnesses.

    Thanks everyone!

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You might wan to start some Corid (amprollium) which is a cattle medicine for coccidiosis. The symptoms of cocciiosis are lethargy, weakness, sitting or standing puffed up. diarrhea or red streaks in poop, and a poor appetite. It is the most common chicken illness in young chicks. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid Corid or 1.5 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5-7 days. Treat all chicks, and after fiisihing, give them several days of vitamins and probiotics. There does not have to be blood present in the poop to have cocci. Here is a good link to read: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/coccidiosis-what-backyard-chicken.html

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