A chick that won't grow?! *UPDATE*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cara, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    One of my blue cochin chicks has angel wing pretty bad, and just doesn't grow. She is two weeks old, and the others have their wing, tail and neck feathers, but she just has a few wing feathers. She is half the size of everyone else, but looked the same when they arrived. She did have one eye stuck shut that we fixed, but I have no idea what to do to help her grow. I don't want to make her wings any worse.

    She's a cutie and can stay as a pet, i'm just worried that she'll never grow feathers...well grow at all!
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2008
  2. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I have had chicks like that and sadly they just filed to thrive no matter what and died. As you say they just never grow, must be something not right inside. Seemed to be eating well and active till they ran out of 'steam'.
     
  3. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    She isn't nearly as active as the others and doesn't have much personality. I don't think she's all there. She just sits in my hand. I've been expecting to find her dead in the morning for the past week, but she has been about the same. I"m worried about what to do with her when the others get too big to be around her. She gets pushed out of the way a bit, but I don't think she'd do well alone. I thought about asking my husband to euthanise her, but I think i'll give her more of a chance.
     
  4. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,028
    12
    184
    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    Do a search on malabsorption syndrome in chicks
     
  5. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Thanks for the tip. Looking at some pictures, that seems to be exactly what's wrong with her. It doesn't seem to be something a hatchery chick should suffer from though.
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'd still give her some time...she could be a really late bloomer.
     
  7. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    I'll keep her until she gives up. She is pretty cute.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would keep her too. I just would be sure never to use her as a breeder. Alot of times with hatcheries, you never know what might get in to the breeding stock since they do so many birds and go though so many chicks. It's easy for a few to get lost here and there.
     
  9. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    It's just my luck, she's my favourite out of this batch, and has the featheriest feet.
     
  10. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Well she's still alive, and has grown most of her wing feathers, but not much else. This is so strange, i'd have thought she'd have gone one way or the other by now. She is 3 weeks old.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by