hydrocephalic chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lynnk, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Lynnk

    Lynnk In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2007
    Has anyone ever had a chick hatch that was hydrocephalic? Other animals I have seen with the enlarged skull usually due to an overproduction of cerebrospinal fluid, but I have a chick that managed to hatch on its own in my hovabator, but its head just looks too big and elongated at the back of the skull. I also had 2 with splayed legs in this hatch. I'm starting to wonder about my gene pool here...
    I'd like to know if anyone else has had a chick like this. It tried to stand at first, but had trouble holding its head up. Now, it really doesn't look like it will make it, and in a larger animal or human a shunt to drain off the fluid is the only way to avoid brain damage, so I doubt it will live very long. Poor baby.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Sorry about the chick. What breed? I think some breeds are more prone than others.
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Probably little you can do for the hydrocephalic little guy, but strap the legs of the ones with splayed legs and they will probably be fine,

    Good Luck,

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