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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pefferlawchicken, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    ontario, canada
    ok so its been about 4 days with this sraddled leg chick and no improvement hes not lifting his head and not eating , i used the band aid thing and it held him upright but then his head pulls him down , i dont think its getting any better so what is the easyest and humaine way to cull [​IMG]

  2. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Songster

    Feb 10, 2009
    Ooohhh, I'm not the person to give you the best advice on that, but I do understand your sadness. Is there anything with the leg support that you might try to adjust or arrange in a different way? Have you read on here about Vitamin deficiencies helping with various neck problems? Vit B is one I know. Maybe you could do a search.
    I'm probably just grasping here, but that's my nature... I'm sorry. Chin up and maybe get some more chicks.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2009
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I had a similar problem with a chick I got from a hatchery, and since he couldn't it I had to cull. We got a butcher knife and placed it on its neck, and very quickly forced it down to remove its head. It was so quick and since it was only a chick the neck was very easy to cut through. Another quick way would be a pair of VERY sharp, strong scissors, like kitchen/meat scissors. Good luck!!! [​IMG] It's hard to do, but in the end it's better for the chick then letting it starve to death. Let us know how it turns out, and HAPPY EASTER!
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I really don't know about the best way to cull (probably the head removal if you can handle it) just wanted to tell you a story so you feel like yes, you are doing the right thing. My mother has a handicapped chicken. When she came in an order we split she just seemed weak but quickly progressed to what you are describing. I asked her over and over to let me put her down and she never did. She is now 9 weeks old and has never taken a single step. While I wouldn't dream of culling her now, she is a sweetie and now we are all very attached, I know it would have been better for everyone involved if she had done it when she was tiny. Right now I am trying to figure out how to make a permanent wheelchair type device for this chicken so she doesn't have to always lay down. Good luck and I am sorry you have to do this. Just know you are doing the right thing.

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