5-6 week old chicks not walking properly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by srslychickning, May 29, 2012.

  1. srslychickning

    srslychickning Songster

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    I hope it's okay I posted also in Raising Baby Chicks. I've seen a bunch of posts about chicks that have just hatched not walking properly. But I have some older ones that used to walk just fine, but now seem to be struggling. They are blrw's. They make it to food and water ok, but it seems like their legs are just really weak and wobbly - they are definitely not walking correctly anymore, as they used to. I did have them in a room where they got very minimal natural light for the last 2-3 weeks. I had them under a heat lamp when first born, but then it got too hot so I left them without the light. But there was very little natural light coming into the room. Is vitamin d deficiency something I should consider?

    I have moved them outside to a place where they can get a little natural light on Saturday, so no noticeable improvement yet, I just want to make sure I'm doing what I can for them.

    Any advice, anecdotes or recommendations would be appreciated!
     
  2. SuperChickMama

    SuperChickMama In the Brooder

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    I have this same problem with my 8 week old Dominique. I have been loooking all morning and I think I am going to go get some B12 and see if that helps. Mine walks like a toddler learning to walk. She wobbles her feet to balance, otherwise she is happy and eats and drinks normally.

    I have looked over her legs and thighs thoroughly for any problems, and I haven't seen anything. I have had problems with a varmint getting in and I really hope it hasn't inflicted some sort of varmint torture on my girl.
     
  3. srslychickning

    srslychickning Songster

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    Thanks for your reply. Please let me know how the B12 works out. I'm hoping a few days in the fresh air and light will help them out. They are in with another little chick who is doing just fine. Not sure what the deal is. I have had two other wyandottes and both were fine, but out of my 9 swedish flower hens, one of them did the same thing. Eventually, it couldn't walk at all and I culled it. I'm hoping I can figure this out and prevent any others from the same results. Please keep me posted and if any other readers have any insights, they would be greatly appreciated!
     
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