baby chick help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coleman517, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. coleman517

    coleman517 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my chick's today and one seems to have problems with its legs. She curls her toes up and sticks her legs out.
    Is there hope?
     
  2. chickchick56

    chickchick56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd take her to the vet
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you post some photos?
    Could be spraddle or splay leg or a VitaminB2 (riboflavin) deficiency. You can use a human B-Complex vitamin (crush it an add it to her food) or find a poultry vitamin with B2 in it.

    Here some reading about leg problems:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/leg-foot-and-toe-issues-in-poultry-of-all-ages
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    Here's some reading about vitamins:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2014/03/vitamin-deficiencies-in-backyard-chicks-html/
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    You can fix the chick's legs yourself. Here are step by step instructions. http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    The curled toes will require you to make little "shoes" out of bandaids. Cut the sticky part off from the pad part, and toss the pad. Take one piece of tape and stand the chick's foot onto it, forming the foot so the toes lie flat. Then take the other piece of tape and lay it over the top of the foot to hold the other piece firm both on top and bottom of the foot.

    Do not use duct tape or anything other than a bandaid or you won't be able to get the tape back off later.
     
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    The chick seems very weak. I tried putting some sticky wrap around her legs but all she did was face plant and stay like that. Should I wait to try anything more with her?
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Weak chicks can dehydrate quickly, so you need to get some electrolytes or sugar water into her.
    After she has had some water, you can mix some of her chick starter with water to make a mash, see if she will eat that.

    You need to try to get her perked back up then try to fix the legs again and add the B2(Riboflavin)

    Here's a couple of videos that may help. There are photos/illustrations in the links provided earlier.


     

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