My 2 chicks have leg problems? Help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by YellowYolk, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. YellowYolk

    YellowYolk Hatching

    Apr 5, 2012
    Hello All!
    I'm very new to BYC & very new to raising chicks :)
    My dad and I hatched our first chicks a couple days ago using an incubator we got from a friend.
    There are 8 two day old chicks so far & all are doing great except for 2.

    One of the two cannot walk (can't stand up & is always laying down- acting really tired and weak; also doesn't
    drink water or eats its food- rarely has his/her eyes open)

    And the other one can stand up but something is wrong with his/her right leg. The other ones fine but
    the right leg is bent up. It's not sliding out to the side but instead bending up. I used the band-aid method
    for both of them since it worked for my other 2 day old chick that had splayed legs. Oh & this one isn't opening
    his/her eyes either /:

    I'll attach a video since the pictures didn't come out as well & you can actually see what I'm talking
    about in the video.

    Any advice/tips will be much appreciated!! :)


  2. YellowYolk

    YellowYolk Hatching

    Apr 5, 2012
    Thanks! I didn't see anything about legs that go up but it helped me with a few other things [​IMG]
  3. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    You could try the "Chick Donut" or the "Foam Leg Brace" it looks like it may help somewhat. ;)

  4. YellowYolk

    YellowYolk Hatching

    Apr 5, 2012
    I tried searching 'chick donut' on google and it came out with a bunch of pictures of donuts shaped like chicks... LOL!
    Is there a link or forum on here that has pictures/step by step on how to make one? Thanks for the advice by the way [​IMG]

    I'm currently keeping the chicks warm in their little separate brooder & when I picked them up to give them some water/sugar mix I noticed both had red scab
    looking blisters on their leg (the back of the knee) . I'm pretty positive it's from them trying to "walk" around using the back of their knees [​IMG]
    They aren't able to even extend their legs like all the other chicks in order to get around. I'm worried sick about these two! Both took in the water/sugar formula
    just fine, but they won't eat anything [​IMG]
    ~ I'll post some pictures of their blisters a little later.
  5. Turkeytruff

    Turkeytruff Songster

    Aug 25, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    hi did you ever find out how to make a chicken donut? Because I have a turkey poult with the same problem and would love to help it - thanks

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