a 3 day old chick can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fayediddles, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. fayediddles

    fayediddles Out Of The Brooder

    79
    1
    43
    Jun 11, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2016
  2. fayediddles

    fayediddles Out Of The Brooder

    79
    1
    43
    Jun 11, 2015
    Mareks disease.pretty sure thats what she has
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

    30,009
    4,247
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    No, I doubt that it is Mareks since that hardly ever strikes before 3 weeks of age and older. At 3 days, it is more likely splay leg. If you bring the two legs together in a normal position about n inch apart, you can tape or vet wrap the legs together for about 3-5 Dãys.
     
  4. fayediddles

    fayediddles Out Of The Brooder

    79
    1
    43
    Jun 11, 2015
    Ok I managed to get her feet together, but how will I feed and water her?
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

    30,009
    4,247
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You will need to work with her to help her get balance. If you used strips of vet wrap, it can be removed and replaced if it seems too tight or in the wrong place, or to exercise her legs. A chick chair may also help with food near her. Right now I would make sure that she is getting plenty of water with electrolytes and vitamins, and place chick crumbles around her feet to learn how to eat. Good luck. Here are a couple of sites to read:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/spraddle-leg-in-baby-chicks-what-is-it.html
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    [​IMG]
     
  6. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

    827
    111
    181
    Jun 10, 2010
    I don't want to worry you but my day old chicks had mareks, and died. We sent them of to a lab to test them and it said they were positive for it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2016
  7. fayediddles

    fayediddles Out Of The Brooder

    79
    1
    43
    Jun 11, 2015
    that's great ideal on how to feed her, by the way shes standing on her own, so hopefully she'll get well
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

    30,009
    4,247
    541
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Most cases of Mareks begin after chicks are 8-9 weeks old up to laying age, but sometimes they can occur in chicks only 3-4 weeks old. This is from "Diseases of Poultry" 12th edition. I suppose if you have Mareks already in your flock, and a chick died early on, it could have a positive test for Mareks just from having the exposure, but generally day old chicks don't show symptoms of the disease.
     
  9. ShellyBear

    ShellyBear Chillin' With My Peeps

    827
    111
    181
    Jun 10, 2010
    I'm glad she is standing on her own. Yes latter on, we had found that our flock had mareks and had to kill them all.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by