Baby Chick is Limping

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nicolecordes, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. nicolecordes

    nicolecordes New Egg

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    Hi all,

    I'm raising my first flock of chicks and need some help. I have one chick that was smaller than the rest and she started limping. After reading many posts, I thought it was likely she was just stepped on and separated her to recuperate. She is eating and drinking, but she isn't getting bigger like the other chicks are. They are 7 days old as of yesterday and the other chicks are now double her size.

    She's been separated for about 4 days now and is still limping. She holds her leg up as high as she can towards her body, and her shoulder underneath that wing is swollen... feels hard. She is very sweet and hops around to see me, falls asleep in my hand, etc.

    For a bit each day I put a chick in with her so she can have some socialization and they are all still nice to her. However, I've kept her separated since she is still limping.

    Any ideas on what I can do for her or should I take her to the vet?

    Thanks!
    Nicole
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    If you have access to a vet and wish to try to save her I would take her, especially if she hasn't improved by now.
     
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    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. nicolecordes

    nicolecordes New Egg

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    UPDATE: Took her to the vet and she had a swollen tendon in her leg... either injury or spider bite. Vet gave me a mixture of antibiotics/anti-inflammatories and she is starting to walk normal again!
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Thank goodness for having a vet that will see chickens. I'm glad to hear she's improving quickly.
     

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