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hydrocephalic chick?

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

  1. Lynnk

    Lynnk In the Brooder

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    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.
    Lynnk
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Sorry about the chick. What breed? I think some breeds are more prone than others.
     
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

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    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,
    Sandie
     

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