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8 day old chick can't get up on legs efficiently NOW LETHARGIC & LABO

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Meadow lane, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Meadow lane

    Meadow lane Out Of The Brooder

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    :(Hello I am a newbie chicken raiser. We got 4 ameraucana chicks Apr 24. One chick called Buzzy seemed to do a major growth spirt over the weekend and I have notice over the last 3 days it just can't seem to get up on it's legs. It is like they are not strong enough to take his body weight. I try holding the chicks body weight to help it weight bear. It still waddles over to water and food. Is this normal or do I need to do something to help it gain strength, or is it hip problems??? Your feed back would be so appreciated
     
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  2. sarafrog

    sarafrog Out Of The Brooder

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    It might be spraddle legs, sometimes caused by brooding on a smooth surface (newspaper) which prevents the chick getting his/her feet under him and building those muscles. Check this out: www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    Good
    luck!
     
  3. Meadow lane

    Meadow lane Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much Sarafrog. I will try that as well as change newspapers to something else. Buzzy is similar to the straddle photos. WIll give this a try and let you know.
     
  4. Meadow lane

    Meadow lane Out Of The Brooder

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    I just went to make the support system, but now I notice the chicks breathing appears laboured and his fuzz seems flat compared to the others. When I did up his legs he keep falling and since it is night here I am reluctant to leave him in the support with out me being able to supervise. Ahhh i am feeling sad.

    Any other thoughs
     
  5. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Make a post under Emergencies. I bet you will get more replies there.
     
  6. Meadow lane

    Meadow lane Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank u
     

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