Day-old chick shaking head, scratching ears, flopping over

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Magpie1, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Magpie1

    Magpie1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just picked up my chicks from the post office purchased from a reputable hatchery. At least I've had good success with them before. It's been about 3 hours and one of the chicks is shaking it's head and scratching at it's ears. It does this so violently that it sometimes flops over on it's back. It may also have splayed leg syndrome but I can't tell if it's just trying to keep itself upright. I thought about separating it from the others but decided against that. One of the chicks died in transit. Any suggestions.
     
  2. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Magpie1,
    It is important to observe the bird closely and discern wheither or not there is splayed leg going on. Here is another thread that may be relevant to you.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/667341/what-does-head-shaking-signify
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2016
  3. RitzHomestead

    RitzHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just picked up 12 chicks and we had one that was doing that, and I was worried about the splayed leg as well as when she walked it looked as if she wasn't standing all the way up. To me the whole falling over thing is just like a new born horse or deer they are wobbly and takes them a little bit to strengthen their legs and gain their balance. I would become concerned if they are scratching to the point of drawing blood, or if they are still not showing signs of improvement with the splayed leg after about a week. If she is able to get to her water and food fine then she should be good.
     
  4. Magpie1

    Magpie1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chick seems to have recovered. I'm guessing it was trauma caused by shipping. It will be interesting to see if that chick thrives. Thank you for your responses.
     
  5. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    let us know how your chick processes. Pics are welcome.
     

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