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Cornish x chick can't stand

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SwedishDude99, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. So I bought 10 meat chicks two weeks ago and they have all been doing great until yesterday. I've noticed that one of them refuses to stand. I realize that meat birds grow faster than they can handle, but i haven't read anything about it happening this early. They are 16 days old as of today. Is this likely the cause? Or could there be something else happening? I have the chick seperated from the others so that it doesn't have to compete for feed and water, but I don't want to prolong its suffering if it can't be fixed. I am running out to buy electrolytes right now for it. I'm hoping that will perk it up somewhat. What do you all think I should do for it?
     
  2. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, the chick has been eating and drinking since fine since it has been seperated. I'm feeding it an 18% non medicated chick starter right now, in case that matters.
     
  3. Mtnmomma3

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    Same thing happened to one of ours. I think it was sick because it wouldn't drink. It got so pitiful that my husband had to take it out. All of the other chicks are find, so I think it must have gotten sick or injured.
     
  4. slingshotandLAR

    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you adding a vitamin pack to the water?
     
  5. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mtnmomma, that is what I'm afraid ill have to do with mine. It is readily eating and drinking right now, and doesn't seem to be in pain so I am going to give it a couple days to perk up. Slingshot, I am adding sav-a-chick electrolytes to the water and nutri-drench. I just started adding them today, so I will see what effect those have on it. If I do have to kill it, what do you recommend? I feel wierd about killing it like I would an adult chicken for some reason. I've read about using ether to put it to sleep. Do you know anything about that?
     
  6. slingshotandLAR

    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't do it like you would an adult, no need

    All you have to do is pin it's head down and pull on the body slightly, that will dislocate the neck. Some people use shears or pellet guns or what ever else. I see no need to make it messy or set up some sort of contraption to suffocate a chicken.

    Your problem could be a vitamin B12 deficiency, although with only one chick with the problem it's hard to tell.
     
  7. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thankyou. I will try to get some vitamin b12 tablets for it. If that doesn't do anything, I guess I'll cull it.
     
  8. slingshotandLAR

    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can feed it liver if you have some handy
     
  9. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm... That's interesting. I have some actually, I will use it. Thank you
     
  10. WildfireSmitty

    WildfireSmitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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