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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by orangesplash, Apr 2, 2018.
2 day old chicks with deformities... need help please.
Hi, welcome to BYC!
Sorry that chick is having trouble. The more you hatch the MORE you see.
That is splay leg. Some people are successful at repairing it by taping it up. Young as possible is best. It will have a hard time getting around to feed and water and need some help balancing. Here is a link with basic instructions...
I have been both successful and unsuccessful at fixing splay. But since I breed and don't want weakness bred forward in my own stock or to push them off on others... I no longer will *try* to repair it and consider it a reason to cull... whether hatch injury, incubation mishap, or genetic.
Best wishes whatever you choose!
Oh... and watching that video again... The slippery news paper *could* be part of your issue.
Maybe some rough paper towels would be better. I use the back side of my Viva. News paper is a VERY poor choice.... I don't know if shredding it will help combat slipperiness or not, but maybe. Even a standard towel will be better. We all start learning somewhere, and that may not have caused your current issue... but it definitely can be a problem. Therefor best to be avoided.