Help. My chick looks so terrible.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sarat222, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. sarat222

    sarat222 Just Hatched

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    I have had this chick along with my others for about 2 weeks now almost 3. It is pecking on itself, won't stand very long. Eats and drinks normally. But now has a swollen butt and breathes weird. I don't know what it is.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    What breed is it supposed to be? To me it looks like a big Cornish cross meat rooster. They grow quickly, which causes leg and heart problems.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Cornish Cross. They are bred for rapid growth and heavy size, not longevity.
     
  4. sarat222

    sarat222 Just Hatched

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    I don't know, they were straight run from tractor supply. I think it is supposed to be a leghorn.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    It's unfortunately a Cornish cross and won't be long lived.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Not a Leghorn. Leghorns are slim, slight built birds, usually a bit smaller than dual purpose breed chicks.
     
  7. MrsEskew

    MrsEskew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a cornish cross to me also. They are bred for nothing more than being a meat bird. :( I'm sorry you ended up with one.
     

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