Baby chick can't stand up!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by momma's chickens, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    My eggs hatched out yesterday and among them is a beautiful softest chick I have ever saw, feathers on its feet and everything. The problem is is now it has been hatched for 24 hours or more and still can't stand up. If it I turn it over on its back both legs move wildly but if I lay it down, it lays there, it tries to hop around but it doesn't lift its head much either. I really don't want to cull this poor baby but am not sure what to do for it. PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP!
  2. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I am begging somebody to answer this post, please!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    I would not do anything to him until you knew what was wrong. Is he eating? drinking?

    What are you feeding him?

    Do you have vitamins or something in the water in case he needs extra?

    Do his feet/legs move if you try and hold him off the ground just a bit to see if he would take weight on them?
  4. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    Does he just lay on his side or flip over backwards.

    If he is a flipper, try putting him in a sock with his head out and put in a bowl on a heating pad so he stays warm. Be sure to keep an eye on how warm he gets and got try and get some vit water into him.

    I had one do this and by the 2nd day he was up and running normally. Just had to figure out which way was up.
  5. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    He doesn't flip over and he doesn't lay on his side, he just lays there. He seems to be getting stronger although he won't stand and I did put him a sock. One of his legs seems to go out to the side more when he is laying down. When picked up, he peeps loudly and he definitely has fight in him.

    I keep feeding him sugar water, hard boiled some egg for him, put him in a sock and laid him in a box by himself, which he is fine with. He doesn't move and when he does he is like a inch worm.

    Thanks for replying and the sock idea hopefully will help. [​IMG]
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Give him a few days. Chicks are pretty pathetic their first few days. Mine don't walk well, if at all, until about day 2 or 3. Day 1 is just a bunch of snoozing and sleeping.
  7. Straddle legged? Can you post a pic? Some have great success with bandaid taping the legs together so it can stand and walk. Search the site and you'll find photos of how to do that.

    Good luck!
  8. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I am thinking straddle leg as well except I thought this was from being on slippery bedding.?. I will look into straddle leg and then will try the bandaid idea, thanks!
  9. And please put some vitamins in his water and be sure he gets to drink. Baby vitamins without iron if you don't have poultry vitamins. Sorry to hear this, I kow you want to get him up. Good footing vital too as already said.
  10. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I band-aided his legs and he still wont even attempt to upright himself, I am making sure he gets enough to drink with a dropper and feeding him yogurt. My dh is on his way to town to get some vitamin drops. Thank you.

    I really thought that when I band-aid his legs he would attempt to upright himself. He seems strong enough, chirping away and when I hold him trying to wiggle and thrash around. SIGH!!!!

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