Disabled Chick suggestions?

GitaBooks

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Parody is a bantam mix-breed chick that hatched around June 1. He was sideways in the egg so I assisted him partially and found that he was stuck in an odd position. Whether he was that way due to his deformity or it caused his deformity I'm not sure. I put him out with his mother, noticing the way his foot was shaped but thinking it would stretch out now that he was out of the egg. After a couple days I realized he was still crawling instead of walking upright. It's now been a few weeks and while he eats and drinks fine, he still can't walk very well and his mother and siblings have begun to perch at night, so he needs to sleep along in a cage.
Any suggestions as to how to make his life easier? I can't keep him inside, I already have foster kittens, dogs, cats, snakes, ect and some of my family have allergies. His leg won't straighten at the joint, but otherwise the foot works fine and he'll open and close it.

Here is how he stands
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Here he is getting a drink.
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This is how he sits when he gets tired from hopping
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Welshies

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I am going to be very honest with you. You may not like what I have to say.:(
He is a cripple. He will never lead a normal life. If you have to help him now, and he has to live alone, in a cage, while his siblings roost- how will his life be?
He will not get to socialize with other chickens, run around in the dirt with them, or even roost with them. He is an easy target for a predator and needs help with simple things.
He is not going to be happy, and I suggest you put him down.:confused::(
I know it's horrible but sometimes, it is more humane than anything else:hit
 

GitaBooks

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No, I can agree with you. If he doesn't find a way to get around than we will euthanize him. Right now he is let out during the day and stays with his mother and siblings. At night he gets to go in a crate with a snuggle toy to feel secure. For the time being at least he is managing. It's when his mother begins to venture out and he can't follow that I think he will become too stressed.

Thank you for the response.
 

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Try putting chick vitamins in the water that contain riboflavin on the label. Also you can try to make a shoe to straighten his foot and leg. It may be too late for the shoe to help, but you could try it. You may have to decide whether or not she can get around enough to eat and drink and survive with a disability, or to cull her. Here is some reading and good luck:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/deformed-claw-unable-to-fix-now-what.710778/
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/spraddle-leg-in-baby-chicks-what-is-it.html
https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
https://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/foot-and-leg-problems/
 

Welshies

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No, I can agree with you. If he doesn't find a way to get around than we will euthanize him. Right now he is let out during the day and stays with his mother and siblings. At night he gets to go in a crate with a snuggle toy to feel secure. For the time being at least he is managing. It's when his mother begins to venture out and he can't follow that I think he will become too stressed.

Thank you for the response.

No problem. I certainly hope all works out for you- nobody enjoys euthanizing a pet :(
 

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