Lethargic chick - is something wrong?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LucyMint, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. LucyMint

    LucyMint Hatching

    Mar 25, 2011
    Hi there - I got 4 chicks on 3/16 - now, a week later, 3 of the chicks are plumping up (50% larger than last week) the fourth chick (Barred Plymouth Rock) is a little lethargic and hasnt gained nearly as much in size (maybe 10-20% bigger). She eats a bit, she drinks a bit, her poo is generally as solid as the other girls. The other girls are an easter egger, a silver laced wyandotte, and a buff orpington.
    Any info - is there something I can do to coax her along? No pecking or aggression is occurring from the other chicks.

  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

    Nov 3, 2010
    Not wanting to scare you but chicks that I have seen do this tend to be spraddle legged. They will have trouble walking and I have had it take a couple weeks to show up enough to notice it. Watch it walk, see if it seems off in any way. Also, when I have a chick that seems to be weaker than the rest I put a drop or two twice a day of poly vi sol for a few days and it seems to help a bunch.
  3. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    Quote:Can't have said it better. [​IMG]

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