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HELP "Sick 8 week old chick"

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cherpycherpycheepcheep, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. cherpycherpycheepcheep

    cherpycherpycheepcheep Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2009
    I have six 8 week old light sussex chicks that I hatched in an incubator. They seam to have been fine until now. I noticed yesterday that one of them is just lying on the floor while the others are running around. It's eating and drinking but does it lying on its belly. It will move if you pick it up. Any idea's what's wrong, and will the others follow suit? Should I seperate it from the others?
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2009
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Hi, Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Im sorry about your chick.
    Can you describe any other symptoms?

    Can the chick move its legs, stand and walk normally at all?

    Here is a link to a good site with general symptoms and possible causes:
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    The vast majority of leg problems are noticed when the vitamin needs of fast-growing chicks exceed the supply. It would not hurt to offer all these chicks a multi-vitamin as you ponder this one. If you can't get poultry vitamins, baby vitamins can be substituted. If you search on this site, you'll see how members have used things like Poly-V-Sol and other products. [​IMG]
  4. cherpycherpycheepcheep

    cherpycherpycheepcheep Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2009
    Hi Chel, thanks for your reply. The chick can walk when it needs to, and it will move around to different shaded positions in the garden. (They roam freely during the day) The other chicks walk on it and when they are put away, in the hut at night the other chicks are together on the perch and this one is alone on the floor of the hen hut?

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