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Deformed Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by booboochickens, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. booboochickens

    booboochickens New Egg

    Jan 4, 2014
    Hi, I'm new to the whole chicken-raising thing. I have 5 adult hens and very recently 4 baby chicks! 3 are healthy, one died, one egg never hatched and one is deformed. Her head is bent to one side and her neck seems to have the inability to straighten up. At best her head is upright but cocked to one side. At worst it's nowhere to be seen and she is running backwards. However, she has survived 48hrs to my surprise. I thought nature would take its course but no....

    I think this chick shouldn't survive as I doubt there's anything I can do for it. What is the best way to go about this if not taking her to the vet? I can't kill it myself it's traumatic enough looking at it!!! All advice welcome. Thanks.
  2. chicken8

    chicken8 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska
    It could be wry neck.
  3. Stewarts

    Stewarts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2013
    PEI, Canada
    I'd take it to a vet because you need professional help and you might find out a surprising way to help the chick. It could turn out to be a pulled muscle rather than a deformity of the neck bones. Only a vet can tell you for sure.

    Outside of that your only option would be to research the Internet for the deformity, if that is what it is, that the chick has and see what you can find, but trying to do something on your own could make it a lot worse for the poor little thing. Whatever you decide, I'd do it quickly. Good luck.
  4. booboochickens

    booboochickens New Egg

    Jan 4, 2014
    It looks like nature has taken it's course :(

    The chick got out and an hour later I can't find it anywhere.... can't believe a predator would have been that quick but perhaps she got out of the coop entirely and got lost?
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Yeah, I hope you can find her!
  6. booboochickens

    booboochickens New Egg

    Jan 4, 2014
    No quite sure she has gone :(
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    Do all chickens a favor by giving mother nature a coffee break, don't set any more eggs laid by that chick's mother.
  8. booboochickens

    booboochickens New Egg

    Jan 4, 2014
    These eggs were pinched from another mother for my broody hen. It seems the last three eggs didn't successfully hatch well whereas the others have been fine.
  9. booboochickens

    booboochickens New Egg

    Jan 4, 2014
    UPDATE: Chick found and returned to her mum!!! So any advice again welcome! Wry neck sounds right- what can be done?
  10. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2013
    I had success treating a chick with wry neck using concentrated vitamins from the feed store. Poly vi sol or nutri-drench will both work. I gave it by mouth 4-5x day at full strength and separated the chick from the rest. I gave it a 1 day fast (just water and nutri-drench, no food) and then put it back on food with lots of garlic. he was better by about 3 days and returned to the flock at 4.

    here is more detailed information about what wry neck is and various treatment options:
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