Deformed chick: Need answers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by star995236, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. star995236

    star995236 Hatching

    Aug 3, 2016
    I have a new easter egger chick about 2 1/2 weeks old and ot has splayed legs whch we are treating and also an unusual lump on its chest that can be moved around the chest slightly. I can't tell if it is the ribs in the wrong area or if it has a tumor. Any advice or suggestions are very welcome. I need answers.
  2. sebloc

    sebloc Chirping

    May 7, 2016
    Welcome to byc!

    Sorry to hear about your chick problems. I had a chick with splayed legs, which healed in less then a week.

    Make sure you set this chick off to the side in its own brooder. Do not leave it with any other adult chickens/chicks.

    I wonder if the chest problem could be organs inside that are not where they're suppose to be. I've never heard of anyone taking a chick to the vet, but you may have to. This could be a small problem or a big problem.

    Good luck, stuff like this happens to the best of us.
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome To BYC!

    Sorry to hear you are having trouble.

    By chance is the lump you are feeling in the chest her crop? It would be on the right side of the chick if it's facing away from you. A full crop is normal and will go up and down throughout the day. If she is eating, drinking and pooping you are most likely fine on that.

    For the splay leg, offer some Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), you can use a human B-Complex vitamin (no iron), just crush it up and add it to her food. Of course you will also need to splint or tape the legs together as described in the links below.

    Here are some photos of a crop-it's on adults, but would be in the same place on chicks:

    Leg treatment:
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I'm also thinking it's the crop. can you post a picture?

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