Help...My chick keeps falling over backwards!

randgpogue

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 9, 2013
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Help...My chick keeps falling over backwards and can't get back up. It's a 2 day old polish we just picked up at the farm coop. Also he has a small rupture just below his vent that is black and hard. I am assuming unabsorbed yolk sac. We tried a band aid splint but he still can't stand up. Just falls over and lays there. He is drinking but not eating.He is peeping and moving around when I hold him. What can I do?
 

hrhta812

Songster
10 Years
Jul 27, 2009
215
13
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Lebanon, IN
I don't really know what to do with either of those symptoms...I would give some Nutri-Drench mixed in the water, or else use the vitamin/electrolyte powder for chickens, just to try and provide supportive care. You might be dealing with a vitamin deficiency, or maybe an illness, it's hard to say. Check for traces of blood in the stool - could mean cocci. Are you feeding medicated chick starter? If you can post a photo of the blackened area that would be helpful, as well. Hope chickie is hanging in there...
 
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rookie1972

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 20, 2013
1
0
6
hi my baby is doing the same thing. she is also a runt. aboout half the size of the other chicks.(i live on a chicken ranch and we get about 150,000 birds every six weeks and i try to rescue the special needs chicks) Anyways my little chick is a week old today and i have had her for about 3 days now. when i found her she was laying on her back.. She seems to be doing a little better. she now can sit on her own for a little while,but i check on her frequently and she is usually on her back. i honestly didnt think she wwould make it the first night. and wwhen i seen her sleeping on her back i thought she was dead..i hope your chick is doing well
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randgpogue

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 9, 2013
24
2
24
Thank you for your advice and kindness...but my little guy is gone.
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He didn't make it. This was my first loss and very hard.
 

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