Handicapped 2 week old...

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  1. morkentfarm

    morkentfarm New Egg

    Oct 11, 2012
    Hello! I am new to BYC but really hope someone has some advice for me on my little 2 week old chick. I've heard a lot of "Cull her." and right now that's just not an option. She has a definate will to live so I won't take that away from her. She hatched a day early and didn't get a chance to suck up the last of the sack before she hatched. (I don't know if this is relevant or not..) She was fine and acted like a normal chick until she was about a week old, then she just crashed. At first she didn't want to open her eyes for anything, she just wanted to sleep. I discovered she was bone thin so probably hadn't been eating like I thought she had and that was what caused her to go down. It also (according to my reading online) caused Spraddle leg. I've got her legs rigged together with vet wrap like I read, but it just doesn't seem to be working. I've been syringe feeding her chick starter and her water, sometimes applesauce mixed in as well as she seems to get constipated but she won't eat the chick food on her own, although she will drink herself when I put her to water. (I have added electrolytes to it.) My biggest concern is her little legs and how to get them working if possible. I have been giving her "physical therapy" multiple times a day by holding her and letting her push around with her legs but she doesn't seem to have any control over where they go. (She can move them and pushes herself from side to side when she is laying in her box.) The bottom of the box where she sits is covered in vet wrap so it isn't slippery. I've covered most of what I can think of, but if someone recognizes something I've been doing that may be the wrong thing to do or has suggestions PLEASE share with me!
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
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