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Big bottom new chick can't walk or sit up, legs not splayed & vigorous

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bantyshanty, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. bantyshanty

    bantyshanty Oval Office Courier

    Oct 6, 2009
    S.W Pennsylvania
    I have this 12 hour old chick. He can't walk He was the first to hatch and has the lushest, most beautiful down of 7 chicks. He's got lot of vitality and great looking feet --not curled. I've decided his legs & feet aren't splayed. He's much bigger than the other chicks in the bottom. He's actually built like a Weeble, if anyone remembers that toy. He has a big heavy roundish bottom, well-feathered, no yolk sack, but big. The size of a cherry. He can't stand up I think because it's too heavy. He sits on this largeish cushion bottom and paddles his legs out forward in the shape of a person's hand giving the Peace sign. He flaps his wings, cranes his neck & struggles. As soon as he gets upright, he falls back on his big bottom. He drinks water & vitamins from an eyedropper. He won't stop chirping unless I put my hands totally around him.

    What condition does he have?

    Is there any thing I can do to help him, or should I wait a few days? I'm going to bandage his legs tonight, but that won't stop him from Weebling back onto his bottom.

  2. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Sometimes it just takes some more time than others. He may have worked harder to get out of the egg.
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Japanese banties do this all the time. If there egg yolk belly is bigger than their legs are long, they do just like you describe. As they finish absorbing the internalized yolk, they get all better. sometimes takes a while.

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