In the Brooder
- Mar 1, 2008
I have ten light brahma eggs that just hatched. Today is day 22, so the last one is hatching now. However, the first chick that hatched (on day 19 - 10:00pm) cannot stand up like the other chicks. It lays on its stomach and stretches one leg out, and kind of rotates in a circle. The other leg it keeps tucked to its stomach. I tried stretching that one out to see if it would "yelp" in pain, but nothing, just yanks it's leg back into it's body. If I prop the chick up so that it is not putting any weight on it's leg, it looks almost like he is about to attempt to do the splits. I can't keep him with the others because they are stepping on him and pecking him, and he can't get away and I feel so bad to hear him screaming. Has anyone had this happen before???? I got him to drink yesterday a little, and he pecked at some feed but I don't think it ate any. It's 38 hours old now, so what would I possibly do to save it??? I don't want to give up on it, so any help on how to save it and not put it down would be appreciated.