Help! Need emergency advice about sick baby chick!!


Jan 17, 2016
We rescued this baby chick after a wild chicken mother abandoned her outside outer coup.

She was walking fine when we got her. She couldn't have been more than a day old when we brought her in. She's been in her own container with heat lamp, chick food, and Vitamin enriched water. As she's gotten older, she can't walk. She will hobble a bit and fall over with both legs out to the right. The back claw on one side is turned in and the other turned out. Most of the time she lays on her side, but she is growing and eating. Her poop is normal as well.

We are worried that she has a broken leg or foot, I've heard about splaying and Mericks, but I don't know if that's what she has.

If anyone know of anything I can do. I've even though about stuffing the bottom of her claw with cotton balls and taking them to a flat surface, but I'm afraid that will hurt her.

The avian isn't open where we live because of the holiday, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Welcome to BYC. How old exactly is the chick? She may have a leg bone deformity, but vitamins with minerals for poultry is always good to try in the water. Mareks is a disease that affects chickens from about 3 to 25 weeks on average. Vitamin deficiencies are also sometimes a problem. Varus Valgus deformity is a coomon one, and can be in one or both legs. Also, a slipped tendon may also be a problem.Here is some info about common leg bone deformities:


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Oct 13, 2014
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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 joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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