Chick not thriving - chick chair

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mediazeal, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 4 day old chick that is losing ground. She does not stand well and it's making it harder for her to get to food and water. She scoots around alot but often falls in the process. I have a bandaid boot on one foot, but it does not appear to be a splayed leg, just not strong legs so I have not 'hobbled' her legs together.
    Last night was cold and she was listless this morning. I think she got herself 'stuck' to far from the light. So I gave her water, polyvitamins and a few drops of yogurt.

    She is better but clearly her legs are not getting strong. So I put her in a teacup with food and water taped on. This is forcing her to 'stand' on her legs more, but supported. I'm hoping it strengthens her neck as well so she tries for upright more and gets some balance back over her legs. She's gotten herself out once alredy. Probably dive bombing over the side. I'm debating making a 'cover' out of paper towel to hold her in, like a seatbelt.

    I'm worried she is just one of those chicks that is not going to be strong. She would not be a breeder, just a pet and layer.

    Here she is. All advice is most welcome

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  2. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gracious that is the cutest thing I have ever seen! A chick chair with cup holders!! No advice, unfortunately, but to continue as you are but holy cow that is adorable!! : )
     
  3. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it!!! I hope it works out....I have one I don't know what to do with right now....it's in my bra and I'm giving is sugar water with an eye dropper.....
     
  4. The Lisser

    The Lisser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Four day old chicks typically need to sleep a lot. Are there other chicks the same age that are acting differently? I recently experienced leg-weakness in a 2 week old chick and it seems to be related to the feed. I switched feed and within a week she improved greatly.

    Good luck! I hope your chick rallies soon.

    Melissa
     
  5. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you giving poly-vi-sol vitamins?
    you have to ask the pharmacist for it, as at mine they keep it behind the counter. Infant vitamins
    give 1 drop twice a day

    I dont' know what else to do either. I might try a little hard boiled egg yolk or some scrambled egg later.

    good luck!
     
  6. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Melissa
    I know the unmedicated feeds can lack something that they need to not get bad legs.
    I forget what it is as I just go ahead and feed them the medicated.
    Yes, re the other chick.
    I have a chick that hatched Tues, so 2 days younger, in with her. The 2nd chick is typical wobbly but is upright and running circles around teacup chick.
    She's just weak and if I was a breeder she would be culled. But since she's not and I'm a softy, I want to do what I can to help her along.
    If she seems to decline from here I will have to reconsider that I guess.
    fingers crossed!!!
     
  7. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll look for some the next time im in town.....I dont have any here today....
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    what a little doll, it looks like she has her own tv dinner. You are very crative. Do you think she needs more warmth? I do so hope she improves.
     
  9. j&j happychicks

    j&j happychicks New Egg

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    this might help I have 22 , 3 week old chicks sorry to say I lost 3 of the 25 I ordered , when I went to go buy there feed I told the (bird lady so shes called) some just don't look like there eating she asked me if I was grinding the feed I didn't know to do this well what a difference there all doin great now and the vit's in the water I'm sure are helping them hope this helps you
     
  10. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    j&j happychicks :

    this might help I have 22 , 3 week old chicks sorry to say I lost 3 of the 25 I ordered , when I went to go buy there feed I told the (bird lady so shes called) some just don't look like there eating she asked me if I was grinding the feed I didn't know to do this well what a difference there all doin great now and the vit's in the water I'm sure are helping them hope this helps you

    Thanks, I'll try it.
    I had gotten some wet in yogurt and was giving her that.

    it's not looking too hopeful right now, but we will keep trying!​
     

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