My Baby Chicks are Finallly Here

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by FlockHappy, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. FlockHappy

    FlockHappy In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    I just brought home 15 Australorp chicks! They are so cute! [​IMG]


    I'm a little worried about one of them. I didn't notice it when I got her, but she seems to be having trouble standing up. Her legs always goes wide apart and she is always doing a split. You can see her doing it here:

    Here she flipped over and couldn't get up without help. [​IMG]

    Say hi to the little peep:[​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Congratulations on your new adorable babies!!!!

    Your little guy looks like he is struggling with spraddle leg, which is correctable ONLY in the first few days. I'd get a hobble on him immediately. It is caused by slick bedding such as newspapers. But it can also just happen. What I like to do is put some old rags down for the first two days or so then switch to pine shavings. Or you can use pine shavings immediately with some paper towels on top until they realize what their food is. (Sprinkle food on the paper towels to encourage them to eat it.)

    Here are some links:

    Even if he "can't walk" with the hobble on, he will find a way to get around a little. Just make sure his food and water are very close by. You won't need to treat too long- see the links.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  3. FlockHappy

    FlockHappy In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks so much. I'll go help my chick out right a way.
  4. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Crowing

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    Again, they are soooo cute!!! Especially the one who flipped over!
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I found that my little mille fleur with spraddle leg responded well to the bandaid cut in half longways to make it thinner placed around his legs brought together normally to hold them together. I left it on for 3 whole days, then took it off to check if he could walk. It strengthens their muscles to hold their legs together and really works in many cases. After the 3 days, if it hasn't helped you can re-apply the band aid. It helps to have 2 people to apply it, although I had to do it myself. Please look up pictures here on the google search.

  6. RedIII

    RedIII Songster

    Nov 30, 2011
    Tooele, Utah
    *grabby hands* Oh! Can I cuddle them? Pleeeeeease? [​IMG]
  7. FlockHappy

    FlockHappy In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    I put the bandaid around her legs and she's doing better already. She's standing well and can get around pretty good. I'm so happy. I thought for sure she'd have to die. [​IMG]
  8. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Where do you live? I could come over and watch them for you.......the only thing cutter than one australorpe chick is 15 australorpe chicks. Precious. [​IMG]Congratulations.
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I am so happy she is getting along better now!

  10. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Aw, how cute! And kudos for helping the 'problem child'!

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