new chick has leg/wing issue

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  1. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she hatched yesterday. all dried out, eating and drinking....but she can't walk right [​IMG] it's like her legs won't lift her up. she shuffles around. and her one wing stays stretched out, not next to her.

    Any idea what could be wrong??????? [​IMG]
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Those symptoms could be nutritional deficiency or Mareks, both both seem unlikely in a day old.

    Maybe spraddle leg?
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    Hopefully someone with more chick experience will chime in.

    Good luck

    Imp

    ETA- If you don't get answers repost in the emergencies forum.
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post a pic. if you can, it always helps.

    Probably is spraddle leg and this can be treated,

    good luck,

    Sandie
     
  4. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats what it is!!

    i've done the bandaid thing, hoping it works. it's been 24 hrs since i put the bandaid on her legs....still not helping too much. I'll keep in on there for a couple days and see if there is a change.
     
  5. saylernsaxonsmom

    saylernsaxonsmom Out Of The Brooder

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    There is hope!

    I had a chick in a similar state. I am new to raising chickens, but I read everything I could on spraddle leg that BYC had. After some work and a bit of luck she started to improve. I moved her to the triage brooder with another chick. She wasn't able to move as well as her sisters and was getting run over all the time. The two huddled together and lived together while she healed. It's been five weeks. She's a bit smaller than her sisters, but the treatment paid off. She's scrappy and walks like the rest. She moved right back in with her sisters with no problems.

    Good luck!
     
  6. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok...thats not what it is....she's shuffling around on her hocks...heres some pics


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  7. LanaBat

    LanaBat Out Of The Brooder

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    How heartbreaking! I can only offer my sympathies. I really hope someone here can give you a solution to save her. [​IMG]

    You and your chick are in my thoughts! [​IMG]
     
  8. theprimouomo

    theprimouomo Out Of The Brooder

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    May God Be With Her !
    Really How Heartbreaking
    May God Help Her!
     
  9. Xanthro

    Xanthro Out Of The Brooder

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    Her legs are too weak to hold her weight, you'll need a way to get the legs exercise.

    You might be able to create a harness of out thin cloth, cut a hole for her legs, but not so large that she'll fall though. Then suspend the chick where her legs just touch the ground. Make sure she can reach food and water without moving around (if you leave her suspended). Have her try and walk while most of her weight is supported, then gradually increase the weight. With luck, soon, she'll have the strength to stand.
     
  10. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i just might try this!!!
     

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