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Chick stopped standing/walking, other symptoms - need help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jpower01, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. jpower01

    jpower01 Hatching

    Sep 2, 2009
    Hi all,

    We have a week and a half old barred rock chick, that has stopped standing/walking. Was fine last night, but when I went to feed and water them this morning, found him laying on his side (and not just the typical sleeping laying down). Couldnt seem to stand or walk, although he tries. I have hand held him over water and feed, and he ate and drank with a fervor, seemed really hungry and thirsty.

    So far Ive tried the bandaid trick for the legs in case its a splayed leg issue. Not sure if it helped, as he seemed to fair better without it, but I suppose worth a shot. Also isolated him away from the other chicks, in small dog carrier, with paper towels in the bottom so I can keep an eye on him.

    Other than hand feeding and watering, are there any other things I should do? Also, saw blood in some stool, kind of a long translucent bit...so concerned about that. (Sorry for attaching the "poo" pics, but thought it might help to see - also attached pics of chick trying to stand and fallen sitting position)

    If anyone knows what this may be, or has other advice it would be greatly appreciated. Would hate to lose one if we can save him!


    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Barred rock chick, a week and a half

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Not walking or standing. Still eats and drinks if helped. Some blood in stool.

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No external injuries etc.

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Unsure. Was fine last night, condition noticed this am.

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Medicated Starter Crumble (20% protien), and water

    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Runny, one had blood.

    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Bandaid for legs, hand fed and watered.

    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    Attached below.

    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    Home made brooder box, with lamp, paper towels on bottom with a layer of shredded brown paper bedding on top of that.





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