My baby chick's are walking funny, help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Morganfarms, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. Morganfarms

    Morganfarms New Egg

    Apr 29, 2016
    I noticed 3 out of 12 chics are starting to walk funny, like unsteady, and their feet are curling under them. What is wrong. They are not as lively as they were. Help! And how old do they halfto be before I can let them run on the ground in the coop
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2016
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Sounds like they have coccidia.
  3. chickenslave2

    chickenslave2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2016
    Quote: They can be of any age, as long as the young ones are taken inside at dark and the coop is suited to their size and age.
  4. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2014

    May be they are sick or maybe just need more nutrients, last year I had some chciks that were having trouble standing and walking. I thought they were sick so I culled some of them. Then I read that lack of vitamins will cause them to have trouble walking. They feet and legs would curl up or extend forward as if they were cramping. I bought some Poly-Vi-Sol a liquid vitamins from Walmart and gave them a little bit orally, the next day they were fine. So now,I gave some of this vitamins in their water. Good luck with your chicks. You can search Poly-Vi-Sol in this board and read about it.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I always check the manufactured date on the feed bag, and buy only three week old or newer bags. Some vitamins go away rapidly, and sometimes the feed sits at the store for months! Mary
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    If it is a vitamin deficiency and extra vitamins help, look hard at your feed! A chick might have genetic issues and need much more than others of some nutrient, but the whole group is unlikely to have the same problem. If necessary, have chilled dead birds posted at your state lab, and get answers. Mary

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