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can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by woomy, May 5, 2009.

  1. woomy

    woomy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have australorp chicks. They have been growing nicely and and running all over the brooder. This morning I went out to feed a water them and the biggest of them was laying down while the others were running around. When I reached down to see what was happening and the chick tried to get up but couldn't stand. when it tried to walk it stumbled. I don't understand what could have happened. Can someone help me?
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Maybe it needs some viamins, or a little sugar water. The other chicks might have ran him over. Try giving him a little boost! Good luck![​IMG]
     
  3. SharonX

    SharonX Out Of The Brooder

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    Try VitaFlight or some other bird vitamin. I got mine at the PetsMart after one of my chicks became a spastic, sat on its hocks and could not walk. It was caused by a Riboflavin deficiency. She was the biggest and grew too fast. I just knew she was a goner until I did some research.

    The poultry books suggest all baby chicks should have vitamins in their water. Within 48 hrs she was absolutely normal again. She is a big pretty, egg laying hen now.
     
  4. woomy

    woomy Out Of The Brooder

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    how is the sugar water made. What part sugar and what part water
     
  5. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how is the chick's crop? full? empty? hard?
    hopefully a more experienced person will answer the sugar question - I wouldn't use too much, maybe a teaspoon per liter at the most. but hopefully someone else will answer who knows. vitamin/electrolytes would be good too, you can buy powdered versions for livestock at feedstores.
     
  6. SharonX

    SharonX Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't worry about the sugar water. Just get some bird vitamins into the little one and it can't hurt the others either.

    That is what will help it to recover from the irreversible nerve damage it will have unless it gets some riboflavin into its system.
     

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