Looking for advise on how to help the injuired chick stand on its own again

Carabb

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On 21 June 2019, the chick (I named it “cc” was suspected to be trampled on by the father rooster. It was lying on its left side and unable to move. We brought it home and started to syringe feed it moist food and water. It was able to peck on the moist food from a spoon after a few days. As it was unable to move on its own, I need wrap it with a towel and held her so that she can peck on the food from the spoon. It started to try and stand after a week.. on some good days will try to stand and walk but wobbly and fell… by almost the third week 12 July 2019, she was able to walk round for a good few seconds… but ever since then she never try and was unable to stand up on her own. I brought it to the vet and was suspected that the spine could be pressing on the nerve and affecting it recovery.. until today the chick is still unable to stand on its own without support… I tried letting her lean on my legs and stand and she managed. Notice her toes will keep rolled into a curve.. is there anything else I can help her.. hopefully when she grows older she will be able to stand up on her own.. her left side is injuried and she can hardly move her left wing and her left leg is usually held high up when she is put to stand.

This is the pic of the chick now.

Can anyone please help to share what more can I do to help cc?
 

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Carabb

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This is cc when she was first brought home to nurse. The black middle toe has broke off since.

On 21 June 2019, the chick (I named it “cc” was suspected to be trampled on by the father rooster. It was lying on its left side and unable to move. We brought it home and started to syringe feed it moist food and water. It was able to peck on the moist food from a spoon after a few days. As it was unable to move on its own, I need wrap it with a towel and held her so that she can peck on the food from the spoon. It started to try and stand after a week.. on some good days will try to stand and walk but wobbly and fell… by almost the third week 12 July 2019, she was able to walk round for a good few seconds… but ever since then she never try and was unable to stand up on her own. I brought it to the vet and was suspected that the spine could be pressing on the nerve and affecting it recovery.. until today the chick is still unable to stand on its own without support… I tried letting her lean on my legs and stand and she managed. Notice her toes will keep rolled into a curve.. is there anything else I can help her.. hopefully when she grows older she will be able to stand up on her own.. her left side is injuried and she can hardly move her left wing and her left leg is usually held high up when she is put to stand.

This is the pic of the chick now.

Can anyone please help to share what more can I do to help cc?
 

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Oh my goodness, I'm sorry for your poor chick. You could try to fashion a chicken sling for her so she can be upright to eat and drink at least. I'm not sure about long term. If she cannot walk she will never be mobile and won't have much quality of life. Some will say she should be culled due to this.
She will never be able to live with other chickens but if you get her into some kind of sling on a box set up, with food and water in front of her, and you have enough time to give her, she could be OK.
 
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By chicken sling I mean this kind of thing (photo found on Google search, not my own):
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If you are very handy you could even try to use something similar to the photo but with the bottom section open and then attach wheels on the bottom corners. If the height was just so that the chicken's feet can touch the floor, she might be able to scoot around a bit and even possibly build up some strength?
 

Carabb

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Thank you for your recommendation. I am putting all the effort to take care of her and hoping to give her a chance to recover. Am going to try and help her as much as she wants to live. Have contacted Chicken Therapy Chairs regarding the chair and waiting for reply.

I have tried putting her on a towel hanging on a smaller box. Given that she lean almost to the left all the time, she is unable to sit up straight. I have another prob. When I put her in the box her legs are kicking backwards all the time instead of stepping down on the ground.
 

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I am not sure that you will ever be able to get her into a normal position to sit up, since she has been in the same position for so long. Her curled foot may have been straightened early with riboflavin and a chick shoe, but are probably permanently fixed now. You can put a smaller box or rolled towel under the sling for her to place her feet on. Then watch that she doesn’t pop out of the sling. Those wheelchairs that are in the link are over 3 thousand dollars. I doubt that she will ever be able to move around well enough to need a chair, but you could make one for much less. It is hard to cull a chicken who is alert, eating, and looking at you with sweet eyes, but I would have a plan is she seems to be suffering.
 

Carabb

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I tot the chicken therapy chair is abt $45-$60 each excluding shipping?

I put cc on a new stand and she has abrasion on her stronger right leg from the kicking She will usually kick her legs when I put her on the box or stand. I felt was good for her leg exercise other than stretch exercise I do for her. I had applied medication for the abrasion and it is healing.



I am not sure that you will ever be able to get her into a normal position to sit up, since she has been in the same position for so long. Her curled foot may have been straightened early with riboflavin and a chick shoe, but are probably permanently fixed now. You can put a smaller box or rolled towel under the sling for her to place her feet on. Then watch that she doesn’t pop out of the sling. Those wheelchairs that are in the link are over 3 thousand dollars. I doubt that she will ever be able to move around well enough to need a chair, but you could make one for much less. It is hard to cull a chicken who is alert, eating, and looking at you with sweet eyes, but I would have a plan is she seems to be suffering.
 

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Carabb

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Will the sticker work for older chick like cc? Does it help her to straighten her toes? Anyone try this for older chick before?

On 21 June 2019, the chick (I named it “cc” was suspected to be trampled on by the father rooster. It was lying on its left side and unable to move. We brought it home and started to syringe feed it moist food and water. It was able to peck on the moist food from a spoon after a few days. As it was unable to move on its own, I need wrap it with a towel and held her so that she can peck on the food from the spoon. It started to try and stand after a week.. on some good days will try to stand and walk but wobbly and fell… by almost the third week 12 July 2019, she was able to walk round for a good few seconds… but ever since then she never try and was unable to stand up on her own. I brought it to the vet and was suspected that the spine could be pressing on the nerve and affecting it recovery.. until today the chick is still unable to stand on its own without support… I tried letting her lean on my legs and stand and she managed. Notice her toes will keep rolled into a curve.. is there anything else I can help her.. hopefully when she grows older she will be able to stand up on her own.. her left side is injuried and she can hardly move her left wing and her left leg is usually held high up when she is put to stand.

This is the pic of the chick now.

Can anyone please help to share what more can I do to help cc?
 

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