Any idea what's wrong with this chickie?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by louis, May 16, 2009.

  1. louis

    louis Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm currently raising my second batch of Cornish Rocks and noticed my first problem with a chick which will be 6 weeks old tomorrow. At dinner time this evening, when they all go crazy and crowd around me, I noticed one just laying on it's side with the left leg stretched out next to the waterer. Even after setting down the food when everyone else was going wild she just laid there taking occasional sips of water. I ended up deciding to quarantine her in my now empty 4'x2' brooder. She never wants to stand. When presented with her own food and water she eats and drinks normally, looks alert, but is incredibly lethargic.

    The only thing I can figure is some kind of leg problem you hear about Cornish X's getting because they grow too fast but I only provide feed morning and evening and it's gone after about an hour. The rest of the time I let them range. And she's smaller than the chicks in my first batch were at her age, who I fed constantly. Any ideas or suggestions? Are there any specific symptoms, etc. I can look for to say it's leg problems? Thanks all.
     
  2. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes no matter what you do...Those legs give out..and yes, they will continue to eat and drink...Sorry
     
  3. louis

    louis Out Of The Brooder

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    Dang. Does it get better or are her dancing days over?
     
  4. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] My first one this happened to I fed and helped her when she wanted to drink....No good...I had to try because I didn't know....Now I know...
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    describe the droppings..color and consistency

    Cornish are vulnerable to cocci..

    but meat birds do have leg problems.
     
  6. louis

    louis Out Of The Brooder

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    droppings are the usual dark brown with whitish streaks. About the consistency of mud.
     

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