need HELP! Day old chick unable to walk or stand!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Oceanic109, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Oceanic109

    Oceanic109 Out Of The Brooder

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    A chick hatched probably this morning or yesterday night and I already know he has a birth defect because one of the chick's feet have messed up toes, they aren't EXTREMELY terrible as it is only two of the toes that are bent to the side. So I put the foot into a tape shoe like I saw on here before to straighten them out. But then after letting him sleep in the brooder for a while I noticed the poor thing is unable to stand, walk, or shuffle anywhere. It tries to stand but ends up laying on its side and moving its legs desperately attempting to accommodate itself. Sort of like that dance move that people used to do where you layed on your side and moved your legs in a running motion to turn yourself around. It's very sad to watch it be like this and I have no idea why it can't do anything! I checked the chicks whole body and it seems healthy on the outside, nothing wrong with the hocks and the only thing a bit wrong with it is its toes on one of its feet. I assumed only having some crooked toes on one foot wouldn't make it unable to stand or walk but was I wrong? Need help for the chick ASAP I don't want the little one to suffer!

    Here are some pictures if it will help
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    This last photo is of the chick trying to move like I described.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  2. kyleigh

    kyleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Following, as I'm having the same issue.
     
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Sometimes this issue can be related to a riboflavin defiency. if possible you can try getting a water soluble poultry riboflavin vitamin. I know online at First State Vet supply, they have quite a choice of many different poultry specific water soluble (dissolves in drinking water) vitamins. I'm pretty sure you will be able to find the poultry riboflavin there. I'm not positive and you might want to make certain but riboflavin is the vitamin B1. But double check that. I would begin treatment as soon as possible and see if the chick shows improvement. Hope this helps.
     
  4. Oceanic109

    Oceanic109 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will try this immediately! Tomorrow I will see if they have any poultry B2 vitamins at my local feed store. I also did more research and found that riboflavin can also be found in yogurt which I have of abundance at the moment, I will try to give the chick that when he wakes up soon. I appreciate the help, for the life of me I had no clue why the poor thing was struggling!
     
  5. kyleigh

    kyleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started following this because my chick was having the same problems. I've been giving her sugar water and propping her up until she could get strength. She has slowly starting to walk around the brooder and is now able to get water on her own. So I would just keep an eye on yours and maybe try sugar water. Keep us updated
     
  6. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use liquid infant poly vi-sol in the drinking water. I can't remember the exact amount, but you can google it.
     

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