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new chicks leg wont work!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pulletmom#1, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. pulletmom#1

    pulletmom#1 Out Of The Brooder

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    i just hatched 3 chicks that seem perfectly healthy but, one cant seem to stand up without rolling over on its back. its alittle smaller then the other two and its eyes dont seem to want to open up either. its the right leg that doesent work right. do you think it will recover from this? other then that it has lots of energy.
     
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  2. ILOVELEGHORNS

    ILOVELEGHORNS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt worry to much about the little guy. Probably from being in the wrong position for some time while in the egg. I have had some hatch out like that and they recover wonderfully. Try giving him some electrolytes for chicks if he will take it. If you don't have any off hand, sugar water should do the trick. Now, if his leg doesn't get any better after half a day, I would consider a condition called "Splay leg" There are remedies for that as well, such as splinting with a bandaid cut the long way. Just in case, I will post the link which will give better instructions and how to-photos.
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html
     
  3. pulletmom#1

    pulletmom#1 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you so much. as of this morning the chick is walking much better. it still falls some and rolls over on its back and then the others grab at its toes and feet. im watching them closely to say the least. thanks for the link also!
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with ILOVELEGHORNS. I have had some too that had trouble walking. Some improved on their own and some I did put the band-aids on. I think everyone who hatches chicks will have this happen at one time or another.
     

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