4 legged chick

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FatauChickens, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. FatauChickens

    FatauChickens New Egg

    Mar 4, 2012
    Hi, new to BYC, but have used the site for info for a while now. We just hatched our first batch of chicks (19 of 20 hatched). The last one that hatched today has 4 legs (one extra coming out the back and one extra coming out the belly). In attached pics, the chick is about 4 hours old. We're just thinking to let nature run its course, but thought it would be interesting to share with the forum. Anyone with advice, please feel free.

    On a separate but related note, what is the proper / humane way to euthanize a chick?

  2. un-named543

    un-named543 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2012
    SE Minnesota
    Wow. Can it stand OK, or does the belly leg get in the way? Maybe it will be OK!

    Welcome to BYC!
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  3. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i would let it live if it can function just fine....kinda neat! you'd have to think of a cool name to go along with him/her! cute lil guy (or gal). keep us updated! and if all goes well, keep posting pics of him!
  4. un-named543

    un-named543 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2012
    SE Minnesota
    Cuatro? For a name?
    What breed is this chick? I love it!
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  5. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2011
    Snohomish, WA
    Awwwww poor little twerp. [​IMG]Beautiful chick. How does it seem to be doing?

    Culling (putting them down)...there's different thoughts, different ways. IMO the BEST way is the quickest and most painless. I've only culled if they seem to be in pain. I've had a few that nature took quickly, but they seemed comfortable (I had a muscovy duck I assisted halfway with hatch....very deformed bill, I let it sit in it's shell only halfway hatched to give him a chance and he passed peacefully). I had a turkey poult who had intestines fallign otu and was in obvious pain. I tried to "gas him" in a plastic bag using the exhaust of the car, which I had heard was quick and painless. It was horrible. I stopped and resorted to a shovel. I sobbed. But, he was so tiny and it was fast for him. The shovel part. Not the gas. One of his hatchmates, now getting very big, I found near death about a week ago. I brought her in the house, tried to warm her, tried to give her a few drops of sugar water but it was obvious she was dying. I put her in a cardboard box wrapped in warmed towels and let he rpass peacefully. I only hope she was comforted by the warmth. We recently had to get rid of one of our favorite roosters (he turned really mean), but I couldn't do it...so I gave him to a young couple who were going to eat him. I'm only comforted knowing he lived a good life with us, and would go on to nurture another family. So, there's all sorts of reasons for culling. When they are newborns, I think it's "easier" in a sense. You know it's usually because they are sick or deformed and not having quality to their life. Some people use sharp shears (lop off their head), and will cover with a towel while they do it. A shovel to the head will crush their brainstem, also quick and relatively painless.

    I hope your little chick can make it...as long as he does not seem in pain it's worth a shot.
  6. cbabcock5

    cbabcock5 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    My husband says you should name him ATV (all terrain vehicle) I am with the ones that would let it live if it can function and be a happy chick. Good luck with whatever you decide.[​IMG]
  7. un-named543

    un-named543 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2012
    SE Minnesota
    To answer your other question, the formula for culling is: Do it once. Do it right. Do it hard.
    I would break a neck or maybe hit a little one in the head, hard while his head is covered so he can't see the object coming. I've always believed a fast death is the most humane way to go. I hope you don't have to cull any chicks, especially little Fourway. Congrats on a good hatch rate!
  8. FeatherPainter

    FeatherPainter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    Northern New York
    Aww, it's so cute, I hope it will be OK. Thanks for posting.
  9. Baggagolers

    Baggagolers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2012
    Wow I hope everything goes well with your little 4x4
  10. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Aw. What a little sweetie. Hope all goes well with the little guy! Keep us posted.

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