Curled toes paralysis? Chick won't eat - help!

Paulinefrn

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Some background info: I live on an Island where chickens have been running wild since 2005, when a hurricane hit the country, destroying most farms. The surviving chickens (a bunch of different breeds) started breeding and now they're everywhere. I have been helping out injured chickens or abandoned/lost babies.

So my friend found a tiny baby (not older than a few days) in the middle of the street struggling to walk. He was covered in (fleas? Or some other tiny parasite) when I took him in, and after some research I'm pretty sure it's got curled toes paralysis, a vitamin B2 deficiency.
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For the fleas I applied the tiniest amount of sevin dust and it seems to have worked but it's hard to tell on a fluffy baby :)
I also got some vitamin B2 supplements and crushed off a tiny piece off one of the pills and diluted it in a small amount of water, and gave him a few drops. I guess I got scared of giving him too much of it, but I've been looking it up and can't really find any info on the quantity I should give him.
I've tried to give him "shoes" with two small squares of cardboard and some tape but he keeps of getting them off and I'm scared of using stronger tape.
He's chirping all the time and moving around pretty well, but for some reason he won't eat. I've tried giving him chick feed, small seeds and some other solid food but every time I put him down he just runs to my hand and does everything he can for me to hold him, and when I do he just falls asleep and doesn't eat. I tried to not let him imprint on me but as a tiny chick he will imprint on anything he can, and I can't get any other chick with him. So atm I'm feeding him egg yolk from a seringe bc that's the only liquid thing I can think of for a baby. He's getting really thin though, and I'm not sure what I should be doing. I'm probably getting a lot of things wrong but that's why I'm writing all of this.. What can I do??
 
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Paulinefrn

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I have a hen with six slightly older chicks, she's the best mother hen I've ever had. I have tried introducing the curled toes one to them, the mother reacted amazingly and responded immediately to the chirping. The other chicks were curious but didn't peck him. The only issue was that the little one couldn't keep up with them. He kept on falling asleep and get lost (although the area isn't that big). Would it be a good idea to put them together for the night? That way the baby could bond with the other ones and it would be easy to leave him with them if he gets better. I can put him in in the evening and take him back inside in the morning
 

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I would leave him with the broody hen and chicks overnight, then tape his toes flat with 2 layers of tape, and place him back with them. Watch closely because he could be pecked by the broody or other chickens if he gets away feom them. It is possible that he may have other leg problems such as splay leg or bone deformity. Sprinkle chick crumbles around the baby chick’s feet. If you can buy human B complex tablets, and crush 1 daily and mix into their food, that would be good. If he is pecked at, you will need to raise him in a brooder yourself with a heat lamp. You could bring another chick in with him if he survives. Here is a diagram on how to tape the toes:
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Paulinefrn

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I would leave him with the broody hen and chicks overnight, then tape his toes flat with 2 layers of tape, and place him back with them. Watch closely because he could be pecked by the broody or other chickens if he gets away feom them. It is possible that he may have other leg problems such as splay leg or bone deformity. Sprinkle chick crumbles around the baby chick’s feet. If you can buy human B complex tablets, and crush 1 daily and mix into their food, that would be good. If he is pecked at, you will need to raise him in a brooder yourself with a heat lamp. You could bring another chick in with him if he survives. Here is a diagram on how to tape the toes:
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Thank you so much. Had a very busy day today so I didn't have the time to reply earlier. I put him with the hen overnight, and since I had to leave all day today I took him back inside, along with the youngest chick from the group so that he wouldn't be alone today. Came back at lunch to feed him (the other chick can eat by itself) and everything was fine. He was maybe a little quieter than usual but I thought it was due to the other chick being with him. When I came back he had passed. I'm not sure what caused it, I don't think the other chick had to do with it. He could have gone too weak, maybe I didn't feed him enough?
Thanks anyways for the reply.
 

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