New chick doesnt look so good

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JakRat, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Dover
    Hello,
    I am new to chickens and I recently bought 6 baby chicks at Tractor supply. They are all doing great! I am having such a great time with them! I need to get an extra feeder and waterer so I went to TS to get another set. While there I saw a little rooster chick that had a gash on its shoulder. I asked the lady if they knew that, and she went and got the manager. He said that I could have him or they would just "take him out back". Now I am not a farmer, I wasnt raised in the country so I couldnt bare to think about them killing him so I took him home. So far he is healing up great, he is eating, drinking, chirping, moving about, but he cannot walk well... he leans on the side of his container to walk some times and when I have him out of his container ( to try to get him to walk more) he leans against me and he likes to walk back to me and sit in my hand. Also it seems as though his "thyroid" (???) is swollen in front. I am not sure if I should be worried or not.

    If anyone has any ideas I would be most greatful [​IMG]
     
  2. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have you had him? He may just need time to recover. What you think is his thyroid is probally his crop (sort of stomach) and it's swollen because it's full of food. If you post pictures there are a lot of people on here that could help you. They have taught me LOTS just by reading here.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2009

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