Disabled chick need advice

Charliechickmum

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Nov 1, 2021
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I have a 3 day old chick who came from a faulty incubator hatch. Only one other survivor.
They have curled toes, splayed legs and can't stand even with splints.
They're very small and sleeping a lot. I have been giving them a electrolyte mix via syringe and I softened some chick crumb in it as well.
Since she can't walk I am raising her completely by hand. She isn't eating much, would this be why she is so tired?
I have been keeping her in my bra for warm nap times because the other chick was pecking her and she wobbled too far from the electric hen and went cold which nearly killed her. She seems much more content with me than in the brooder where she just falls onto her chest.

Any advice on how best to care for this chick?
I have been told I could make a hammock/sling with leg holes to help teach it to stretch its legs out. I do fear/suspect that they may be permanently disabled however. This doesn't deter me from keeping it. I am disabled myself and and determined to give her the best life I can
 

dennisma1

Songster
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I dobt have any advice but your are going above and beyond. Everything is a learning opportunity with chickens. Good luck with your baby. I have had chickens survive what seemed Insurmountable odds though. I had a chicken survive what must have been a
stroke and hop/bumble around for another 7 years. Free range too.
 

Oldegarlicshnapp

Songster
May 11, 2020
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I have a 3 day old chick who came from a faulty incubator hatch. Only one other survivor.
They have curled toes, splayed legs and can't stand even with splints.
They're very small and sleeping a lot. I have been giving them a electrolyte mix via syringe and I softened some chick crumb in it as well.
Since she can't walk I am raising her completely by hand. She isn't eating much, would this be why she is so tired?
I have been keeping her in my bra for warm nap times because the other chick was pecking her and she wobbled too far from the electric hen and went cold which nearly killed her. She seems much more content with me than in the brooder where she just falls onto her chest.

Any advice on how best to care for this chick?
I have been told I could make a hammock/sling with leg holes to help teach it to stretch its legs out. I do fear/suspect that they may be permanently disabled however. This doesn't deter me from keeping it. I am disabled myself and and determined to give her the best life I can
I’ve attached some images onto here for circled toes and splayed legs. With the splayed legs, I’ve noticed that corrections people attempt seem to very in strength. One person is seen using a hair tie and piece of a straw, while someone else uses a tougher material. I guess it depends on the severity.
One of the curled toed photos comes from this forum actually! So I’m sure you could find something on here if this doesn’t suffice.
These past couple days I had a genetically weak chicken as well, but without physical disability. It stuck close to me and it really hurts that it died just yesterday. So I hope things work out for you!!
My issue with her was that she would breathe in some of the water she drank (so she choked on some in her lungs even after her crop was empty), was very sluggish and slept often, and ate very slowly in tiny amounts. Pedialyte did the trick in perking her up sometimes, as well as getting her adjusted with eating. Birds become very weak with low blood sugar, so I think that’s top priority.
 

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Oldegarlicshnapp

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I have a 3 day old chick who came from a faulty incubator hatch. Only one other survivor.
They have curled toes, splayed legs and can't stand even with splints.
They're very small and sleeping a lot. I have been giving them a electrolyte mix via syringe and I softened some chick crumb in it as well.
Since she can't walk I am raising her completely by hand. She isn't eating much, would this be why she is so tired?
I have been keeping her in my bra for warm nap times because the other chick was pecking her and she wobbled too far from the electric hen and went cold which nearly killed her. She seems much more content with me than in the brooder where she just falls onto her chest.

Any advice on how best to care for this chick?
I have been told I could make a hammock/sling with leg holes to help teach it to stretch its legs out. I do fear/suspect that they may be permanently disabled however. This doesn't deter me from keeping it. I am disabled myself and and determined to give her the best life I can
A disabled bird can live a very pleasant life too. I’ve found that getting them through the early stages is extremely difficult though. After which, I’ve seen and experienced once that it requires a lot of your attentiveness. Neurological issues more so than a physical disability actually.
 

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Naisha

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Omg it’s so beautiful to see how people do their best to help their birds have the best life possible. I’ve never had little chicks yet, only adult chickens, but now I’ve learned a lot and I’ll know what to do if I ever find those problems. Thank you for sharing all those images!
 

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