Baby has only one wing!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tropicaljo, May 10, 2011.

  1. tropicaljo

    tropicaljo Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    I bought my first chickens ever at the end of March... A Momma hen and 5 chicks. And no, I don't have the faintest idea what breed they are. Needless to say, I'm pretty ignorant about raising chickens, but am so looking forward to fresh eggs and eventually, fresh meat. I joined this forum yesterday and have spent many hours over the past few days looking around and getting answers to questions I didn't even know I had! Like what to feed them and how to build a predator proof coop and truck. [​IMG] HOWEVER... there are a few questions I have that I haven't been able to find answers to.

    The chicks were about 4-6 weeks old when I got them so they are about 10-12 weeks old now. I haven't handled them at all yet b/c the hen is a fierce Mother and quite frankly, she intimidates me. I didn't notice anything wrong with any of the chicks for about a week. Then I noticed that the smallest one had only one wing when it tried to flex the wings out. It's got this little stub on the other side... very weird, but other than that, it seems to be in good health. It's actually the cutest of my little flock! So I'm wondering if I should cull this one out or keep it.

    Also, how old will the chicks be when Momma finally quits caring for them and starts laying again? The lady who sold me these chicks has been trying to get me to buy a rooster, saying the rooster will get Momma going on production again, but I don't want to buy a rooster 'cause I suspect that the chances are pretty good that at least one of my chicks is a rooster.

    So, I guess that's all for now. Thanks in advance for any advice!
  2. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 7, 2010
    CO Rockies - 8600ft up
    I don't think I would cull if it is healthy. You might need a walkway up to the roost. I guess she will start laying eggs when she is good and ready.
  3. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i would handle them more and you don't need to cull it if it is in good health.
  4. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Rogue Valley, S. Oregon
    As long as the single winged one can get to roosts and you have shelter from predators, I would say it's fine. They don't really NEED wings. There are a number of folks here who have chickens who've been injured and had wings or even LEGS amputated ant they're fine. As long as it has at least 1 leg and seems healthy, let it be!
  5. kagedgoddess

    kagedgoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    I think the lady is just trying to get rid of a rooster. Dont give in. Your hen will start laying again when she feels the babies are ok with out her. My one broody hatched in august and 6 wks later was laying again. The other broody hatched in september and stopped. I sold her in febuary and she hadnt started again. I think the breed might influence that. Idk for sure. I would wait to get ANY other chickens untill the chicks were bigger to avoid a new chicken hurting them.
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, I think you're very smart NOT to get a rooster, because you are right, one or more of those chicks will probably be a roo. And as for the little baby with one wing, keep it and name it "STUBBY"!

    Why not, ya know? If it's a hen it will probably still lay eggs anyhow, and besides, I don't know anybody with a one winged chicken.....YOU"RE FAMOUS already! [​IMG]

    Good luck to you and I hope little maybe even Nubby.....makes it! [​IMG]

  7. fzouk

    fzouk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    middle Tennessee
    Aw! I like "Stubby" for a name- [​IMG] I have a little one currently with legs about half the normal length- maybe mine can be "Stumpy". [​IMG]
  8. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    Any pictures?

  9. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Dont cull it if it's healthy. It's his lucky wing xD Just like Nemo, I've watched that movie way to much with my little cousin xD
  10. rickdigschicks

    rickdigschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Southern NH
    Keep it. Call it NEMO [​IMG]

    Have fun. It will probably be the most personable of the group.

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