Another splayed leg post

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TurkenMomma, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. TurkenMomma

    TurkenMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    So I have a few day old chick and its legs seem useless. I'm pretty sure it's splayed leg. I made a splint type thing but it cannot eat on its own- it just lays there. When I woke up this morning it was really far away from the heater- not sure how long it had been in the cooler air. It perked up enough to drink some water from a medicine cup but it is just sitting in a towel on my chest with its eyes closed. Tried the cup physical therapy but it is so weak. Time to cull? It cheeps every now and then... but I haven't seen any progress in about 20 hours.
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Yes, time to cull. It is dying. Best to put it down now. I am sorry for your loss.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2016
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    I'm so sorry :(
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    The one time I had a splayed leg chick, it was because the chick had some sort of neurological problem. She never figured out how to drink, and she never did manage to keep her legs under her on her own. I did everything possible to get her to pull through, electrolytes, vitamins, wet the feed till it was dissolved and runny (easier to feed to her), fed scrambled eggs; I mean everything, for a week. She died in the night.
    Sometimes splayed legs is caused simply by a chick being weak after hatching, or an injury from too slippery of a surface; and in those cases the splinting and electrolytes are all that is needed to get back on track. Other times, there is something genuinely wrong with the chick, and it won't make it, no matter what you do.

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