4 hour old chick, one leg shorter than the other?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by spish, May 23, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    ive had a chick hatch today that was taking far too long to get to its feet, so ive opened the incubator and had a look. one leg is shorter than the other.

    will this little cutie learn to get around or is it a cull now jobby? if it only had one leg id have already culled, but seeing as it has two functional legs im a bit ummm ahhhing over it....

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Give it some time. I had a chick that I should have culled when he was about 5 days old. He was attacked by a meat bird and paralyzed. Some good care and he is out running around with the rest of the flock now. I still think he's a bit "touched" in the head, but he's fully healthy besides that.

    They'll let you know when it's time.
  3. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    Lancaster PA
    ditto! good luck!

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