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New Chicks Injured and Sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KDailey, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I just got my chicks from Ideal yesterday. I was supposed to get 20 but only received 19. They said they would refund the money.

    Now, I've got one chick that is really lethargic. He just stands in the same place or sleeps. He doesn't run around or anything like the other chicks. I've dipped his beak in water throughout the day and he'll drink but only if I make him. I've got save-a-chick in the water. He won't eat even if I stick his beak in it. Any thoughts? Ideal said they would go ahead and refund on him as well because it's not lookin to good for him. I'd still like to try and save him though.

    The other chick has a problem with it's leg. It's real stiff and he acts like he can't stretch it out. He kinda hobble-hops along but just falls on his face and lays there. He'll drink a lot if I dip his beak in the water but only then. I've tried to get him to eat and he kinda did once but hasn't since then. The leg kinda sticks out to the side just a tiny bit. I don't think it's broken becuase he doesn't peep or squeal or anything when I move it, he just can't do it himself. I thought maybe it's sprattle leg? I read somewhere to tie the legs together with string and it might straighten up. How close together do I tie the legs? Should he still be able to walk with them tied or do I tie them real close and then just help him to the food and water myself?
     
  2. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    Help anybody?

    I really don't want these chicks suffering
     
  3. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry you are having so much trouble with your new chicks, sounds like the one might have a minor case of spraddle leg- there are various techniques to help fix this- if you search for "spraddle leg" you should find a lot of different threads on the subject- some folks bandaid the legs so they can't splay apart, some people have the chick stay in a cup (keeps the legs in place) until their muscles grow used to keeping their legs held normally. As for the not eating, try feeding them scrambled or boiled mashed egg and maybe a bit of sugar water- you can use a dropper if it is easier- often the sugar water will give them the energy boost they need to start eating on their own. I hope they make it!
     
  4. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    does the bandaid method work on feather legged chicks? do you actually bandaid around one leg and then over to the other and bandaid it? Or am I just using it as a splint?

    what is the cup method?
     

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