Limping chick, hope I am doing things right

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RedReiner, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. RedReiner

    RedReiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my momma hen has 5 babies, they are around 5 weeks old. yesterday one of them was limping and sitting down a lot. wearing himself out trying to keep up. today he was even more tired and kind of shivery. sooo..I grabbed him and his brother and put them in a crate and brought them in the house. Momma is not to happy....apparently she knows how to count. Anyway I have them in the house, its about 72 in here, do they still need a light if they dont have mom?
    I gave them medicated chick started and water, they are in a crate on clean shavings. of course they are not happy but I cant help that part. about all I can do for him is let him rest and heal inside. there is no wound that I can see, I think he got pecked hard or stepped on. I did put his brother in here so he would not be alone, hoping to lessen the stress. any other suggestions?? he is a large english Orpington, bigger than his hatch mates.
     
  2. RedReiner

    RedReiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone???? I dont want them to get to cold cause I didnt put a light on them, nor do I want to put a light on them and make them to hot.....
     
  3. ajacskr

    ajacskr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they have started feathering out, and by 5 weeks they should have started, they should be fine in 72 degree temps.

    Good luck with the chicks
     
  4. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    If they huddle together then they are cold. I find when there is a hurt chicken, warmth seems to work wonders, along with tons of TLC. Good luck
     
  5. RedReiner

    RedReiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank You, I have them in a dog crate and the hurt baby finally laid down and stretched out on his side. his breathing is a bit heavy but he looked relieved and was eating some bread crumbs. he rolled over a time or two. glad I grabbed his brother for company.
    I put the crate in front of the heat register. they were not huddled together like they were cold. I still dont know why he is limping [​IMG] big strapping english orp chick too...... [​IMG]
     

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