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Do I do the deed it leave it be - or can you help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mrs Chickens, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Mrs Chickens

    Mrs Chickens In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2009

    Hatch 6 chick's on Mon/ Tues had to kill one as it was not formed problery - it was a first time for me.

    I now have 5 one of whom can not stand up proberly - it was the last born on Tuesday late. It is walking on it knee's which are sore and kinda resting on it bum.

    It is still in the incubator the floor is not that slippery and all the other chicks are fine (standing up). Its feeding and I am making sure it gets fluid just in case. Last night I read a link about spraddle leg and have strapped its legs together using a band aid - however this morning its still the same just know hopping cos it legs are straped. I followed the instuctions & pics so hope I have done it correctly. I have also put a tea towel on the floor to help

    Does anyone know how long it should take, will it work am I treating the correct things or should I just put the thing out of it misery (I am quite attached to it now but can see it getting picked on by the others and haveing a bad life) so will do the right thing if thats whats needed

    Thanks to all chicken lovers

  2. bloomnbeauty

    bloomnbeauty Delux Cluxs

    Sep 16, 2008
    N Florida
    I am sorry about your chick. I am afraid that I'm not going to be much help either. I have had this happen lots of times and done the spraddle leg thing. Some times it works, some times it doesn't.
    I have begun just culling right from the start simple because I can't stand to see them in what I imagine is pure misery.
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Like the other poster, I have had this happen too-if it is spraddle leg and you got it in time it usually works pretty well. 2 Of mine did not work and I held onto them because of my motherly instincts. I hand fed them for a month-bathed them vitamins etc..I had to put them down-that was harder than if I would have done it at day 3-5. I learned my lesson and if any of my chicks get spraddle leg that cannot be fixed in a short amount of time I put them down-It is not fair to them and sad too... Im sorry I hope it works out for you...

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