Four legged chick - need advice!

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  1. CieloBluChick

    CieloBluChick New Egg

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    I am a new member however I have used advice from the Backyard Chicken people since we bought a farm that came with animals 2&1/2 years ago. I need any help I can get from anyone who has had this experience. We had chicks hatch naturally on our farm last Friday. One was born with 4 legs. It lived with mama and other chicks for 2 days and then the mother rejected it and started attacking it. I have it secluded now and it is just the sweetest. It is eating and drinking. The two working legs were splayed so we have them taped up now. Has anyone ever had this experience? I need advice please. We named her Gambe which means "legs" in Italian. This picture was taken when he/she was one day old. One other thing - sorry to be gross - but it poops out of side by the back leg that is curled up. Trying to keep that area clean. Thank you!

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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I'm afraid I have never seen a chick hatch like this. Some other deformities yes but nothing like this. I'm guessing the mother knew there was something wrong and that's why she has rejected the chick. It sounds like you are doing all you can for her and her insides seem to be working ok if she is pooping ok. I'm sure if you pop by here ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures more members will be able to help you.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your chick :fl
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    There have been other incidences of multi legged chicks and other deformities, popping up on various threads. I believe the extra legs kind of atrophy over time, and the chick is able to get around fine. I would imagine other chicks might attack it. Chickens are notorious for pecking and bullying anything that looks different to them. This chick might be a very good candidate for "house chicken." You may want to check out "people with house chickens" thread- to see how others raise them.
     
  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    The chick is functioning thats good. Perhaps a trip to the Vet, x rays would tell if the extra legs can be removed? As recommended post in the Emergencies - Disease - Injuries & Cures Forum.
     
  5. Ladybirdmama

    Ladybirdmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, how nutty! You've got a special little buddy now :) No advice, I'm a total newb. Hope Gambe becomes a sweet house chicken for you :) I think it's cool!
    :)
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. CieloBluChick

    CieloBluChick New Egg

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    Thank you all for your advice and concern. Gambe is doing great and thriving!
     
  8. Ladybirdmama

    Ladybirdmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Yay!!
     
  9. penny1960

    penny1960 la la land awaits Premium Member

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    Please keep us posted on how she does
     
  10. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the coolest thing I've ever seen! I would see what she'll look like when she's full grown
    -Liv
     

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