chick that cant walk... How do i help it

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Amy1, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Amy1

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    i have a 12 hour old chick that is walking on its knees and its feet are up by the wings how do i correct this? please help!!!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Sometimes chicks like this will start walking normally as they dry off and strengthen. If not, I have no solution - sorry. Hopefully someone can provide better help.
     
  3. Amy1

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    anyone?
     
  4. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a link to a great blog that shows how you can try to help them using bandaids/vet wrap tape.... http://eggcartonlabels.blogspot.com/search/label/spraddle leg
    I hope this helps!!

    Edited to add: Have you posted this question in the emergency forum? Lots of knowlegable people go there to help others out with medical issues.
     
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  5. peepmommy

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    do some research on hobbling the legs. they use this technique for splay legs. may help. good luck
     
  6. Java_chicken_man

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    I had a chick do the same thing. Its leg seemed to shrivel up and dry out. I didn't have the heart to let the animal suffer that way.:/
     
  7. California_chickie

    California_chickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should post some pics- AND post in the emergency section. It's really helpful to get a picture idea. Details are crucial.
    I have had only a little bit of experience with splayed legs, and so far success, but I wouldn't call it "shriviled" but maybe VERY disabled. Trauma affects everyone differently.
    Is the chick in the incubator/brooder still? Outside with a hen?
    I've had newborn chicks literally be face-planted for a couple hours, and they have turned out fine. 12 hours isn't that long. If it's getting stomped on, then maaaaybe separate it from the others, but I would wait a little bit and see how it strengthens up. Some little babies take time to thrive- but just keep an eye on it. The more details the better, but don't stress too much!
     
  8. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try supporting legs with vet wrap. Chicks can be very resilient and it may be walking normally in a few days.
     
  9. Amy1

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    I incubated them and it came out of the egg like this both legs are positioned up by its wings and it walks on its knees. I now have it in a brooder box in the house with the other chicks...I have had a band aid on it since this after noon and now instead of scooting like it was it walks on its knees and is getting sores... i bandaged the knees with cotton balls and sports tape to keep it in place...
     
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