New Chick's Legs Not Strong

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicksgalore, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got six peeps on Monday that were hatched the same day by a broody hen. One of the chicks' legs are not very strong. She can walk but with effort. She'll go a little ways and then stop and sorta sink back down on her behind and her legs will just sorta slide out to the side. She stays like this most of the time. She has eaten some starter but she's not really losing her puffy baby belly like the others yet. Anyone dealt with this? Will she get better?
     
  2. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Hi...sorry to hear about your little guy [​IMG] I received some chicks from Ideal last week, and one of them was doing the exact same thing. So I posted this...https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=81108 I just made sure my chick drank water (I helped him), I bandaged his legs up, and the next day he was much better, and today he's running around like the rest of them! [​IMG] I've still got his bandages on though...got to take them off and check him. Good luck![​IMG]


    Oh yeah...thanks again to MissPrissy...she's a gem! [​IMG]
     
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  3. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last week I had a baby guinea hatch out of incubator with the "spraddles" so badly he couldn't walk.
    I looked up the info. on here and did the bandaid thing for 1 day. Took it off and he walked a little wobbly for awhile but is fine now!
    The others were picking on his bandaid in brooder box so I put him in a little bug cage (in the brooder) overnight.
    The kind made of mesh and plastic ends you can buy at Dollar store. Kind of his own isolette care unit!
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Along with the bandaid treatment you can boost the chicks with some quik chik in their water. You can also give 3 drops of polyvisol liquid infant vitamins by beak for 5 days for a nutritional boost to help the chick along as its legs grow stronger. place the drop along the side of the beak. Do not try to force the beakopen and don't get it in their nostrils - they will drown. You can also give it a little yogurt for good probiotics. Good luck with your baby.
     
  5. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the link. I am going to try the band-aid thing. I've been watching him/her closely and was happy to see it drinking water on its own today![​IMG]
     
  6. pax12

    pax12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that happen to me it died a few days later
     

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