Might have to cull, is there anything else i can do first??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by koakritters, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 chicks with problems that are not getting better.

    the first is my one with splayed legs, i've got it in hobbles and in a box by itself so it doesn't get trampled. i've been putting it in a cup for 15 min at a time to make it stand straight up, everything that i've read you can do for it, but the thing is not getting better at all. I think maybe it's hips have problems or something. it's been 4 days now with no getting better.

    then i've got a chick that can't opens it's eyes, they are almost swollen shut. I clean them out and it can open them for a bit, then they get stuck closed and it just sits there. It won't eat or drink if its eyes are not open, and when it does drink it dips its beak too far into the water- Tiny beak!!!- and then starts coughing like its got water in its lungs. ive put this one in the box with the other now so they can hang out together...

    i really don't want to have to cull them, i don't even know how i would... HELP! [​IMG]

    both were born may 26
     
  2. melissa41927

    melissa41927 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't know a lot about splay legs, but the other seems to need terramycin ointment for its eyes and most likely some powdered antibiotic for their water.
     
  3. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will they sell those at a feed store or do i have to find a vet to get them?
     
  4. ChickDaze

    ChickDaze Out Of The Brooder

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    isn't slick bedding supposed to cause splayed legs? i know it has something to do with the floor when they are chicks.
     
  5. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it can be that or it can be from when they are in the incubator, mine are all in a couple inches of shavings which is what it says to do, so i hope that helps..
     
  6. melissa41927

    melissa41927 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    got some, although i don;t think she's gonna make it. she's so weak, won't eat, won't drink, won't swallow anything i try to syringe into her...
     
  8. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a splay legged little girl, 7 and 1/2 weeks old at this time.


    She was having alot of problems with her legs, until I took her and one other little girl out of the main pack and put them in a cage that had a hardware cloth wire floor to it.


    Normally I don't like to use hardware cloth wire floors, but it did a world of wonder for Ms. SplayLeg. After two weeks in that cage, she is walking almost normal, and can even run some.


    I am really glad I decided to try that cage before culling her. I'm hoping that if she lives in that cage a bit longer, that she might have strong enough legs to integrate her and her companion back into the General Population.


    BTW, before you ask -- I pulled out a second chicken to put in there with Ms. SplayLeg because I didn't want her to have to live alone. It's cruel to isolate chickens by themselves, IMHO.
     
  9. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a dog crate with a plastic bottom on it, if i put down a towel to cover the entire bottom would that work? And of course a friend, they just scream and scream without one! [​IMG] she's doing a tiny tiny bit better, the legs now try to turn backwards instead of sideways... so at least we're starting to get away from the sideways thing! [​IMG]
     
  10. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know those rubbery, basket-weave-like mats that can be used around the kitchen (eg. putting under a plastic container so it doesn't slip)?
    Those make great anti-splay flooring for chicks. And they can be washed and re-used [​IMG] Hope the chicks turn out okay
     

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