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Baby Chick has a lame wing or leg?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jobear, May 6, 2009.

  1. jobear

    jobear Out Of The Brooder

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    Our first chicks arrived today. They all seem to be healthy and well..but one has a lame wing or leg? I've been scouring the posts on here to see what it might be. It looks like one wing is a little outstretched and the leg on that side is a little tucked or weak? The chick can hobble around and is drinking and eating a bit. Could it be that spraddle leg? or is the wing issue something else? Should I try a little pedialyte or such? tape the leg? thanks for any insight. We are new to this!
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Can you post a picture?

    Electroyltes (Pedialyte) won't hurt this baby, so you can try it.
     
  3. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
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    It could be spraddle leg search it on here and you will find many posts about it. Its easy to take care of with a bandaid cut lengthwise and put on the legs. There should be posts and pictures detailing how to do it. I hope this helps
     
  4. jobear

    jobear Out Of The Brooder

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    here's a picture I tried to take...
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    hope the image shows.
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    It does look like the wing isn't folded against the body as it should be. You can take an old sock, nylon, or something tube-like to put around its little body to support that wing until it sits correctly. You may wish to cut a hole for the good wing so that it can have mobility on the good side.

    Good luck!
     

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