Drooping wings

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Starman1, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Starman1

    Starman1 New Egg

    Jan 20, 2017
    Hi All, Delighted to see there is help out there. We recently got 6 chicks. All are fine but 1 little one. Standing around with wings drooped and constantly chirping. Others gather around like to comfort. It is eating & drinking but eyes are closed most of the time. Any suggestions would be a great help.
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sorry to hear your one little chick isn't doing well. Sometimes they just don't thrive or something could be wrong with it. If you want some advice you can try posting on the ER forum:

    I'd separate the droopy one as the others could well start harassing it (chickens are merciless to ill or injured ones).

    Good luck to you!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry to hear about your chick. I hope the ER guys can help you out. Some vitamin supplements / electrolytes would at worst do no harm - if you have any to hand, then you could add that to their water.

    Good luck
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Starman1, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! I echo what NFC and CTKen have already said. Best wishes to you and your chicks and thanks for joining BYC!!
  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are you sure it is eating and drinking, and pooping? It may be pushed away from the feeder & water. If it chirps a lot - it may be cold. Sometimes when chicks are removed from the others and kept warm and maybe tempted with scrambled eggs, or warmed oatmeal - they may eat better. You could also give 2 drops of infant drops (NO IRON) 3 times a day to give it a boost. Have you checked for pasty butt?

    Chicks can quickly turn into bullies and attack and sometimes kill any that appear weak or sick.
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Starman1 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice I will just add that I hope your little one is OK.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  8. bnaz626

    bnaz626 New Egg

    Mar 23, 2017
    The same thing happened to me. I just got 6 1-week old chicks and one of the reds has droopy wings and seems to be sleeping all the time. I think she's eating and drinking too but she always seems to be by herself. Did yours make it?
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to our wonderful forum! I am so glad you joined Backyard Chickens, I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow


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