Clumsy? Or Something More?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Emalemma, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. Emalemma

    Emalemma New Egg

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    I've got a new flock of chicks for this year. They're now at about 9 or 10 weeks. I've had chickens a while, so currently I have 11 all together, (until I find out who's a cockerel and who's not.)

    At any rate, in this new group, I have a young laced Wyandotte who I can only describe as clumsy. Clumsy walks fine. Eats and drinks. Is growing well, has developed larger wattles than the others (possible roo?) , feathers are clean. Feet are normal, no sores or lifted scales. Hasn't lost weight, is basically healthy.

    But when Clumsy stands still, clumsy totters a bit, then stumbles. Sometimes it sits, sometimes it shakes itself and does a little fluffed up wing pump, walks or runs around a bit, does a little grazing, then totters again when still. Eventually, the other chicks will walk all over Clumsy when it settles on a spot.

    I'm not sure how worried I should be. Any one have any ideas on this? Is this like an awkward growth phase some chicks hit? My roo, Rufio, wasn't this clumsy. My hens, by this age, were awkward but not stumbley.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Take a look at his eyes and make sure that he can see. He could have been pecked in the eye. Also look at his feet and legs for any swelling, curled under toes, or leg weakness. Does he ever look lethargic or hunched/puffed up?
     
  3. Emalemma

    Emalemma New Egg

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    No swelling. Nice straight toes, no sores. Eyes are clear, He's pretty active. (Well, as active as they all are right now, it's hot!)
     

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