New chicks scooting on bottom.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lavender11, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Lavender11

    Lavender11 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks just hatched yesterday and two of them can't stand up. I suspect it's slipped tendons and have their legs splinted and they're in little chick slings bu it doesn't look good for them does it? I can't find much information that confirms their recovery. What causes this problem?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Splayed or spraddle leg is also common when their legs are too far apart. Bringing them closer together with tape or vet wrap for a few days may help. I would also recommend poultry vitamins, since deficiencies at hatch are common. Make sure they on on a non-slip surface which makes it easier to get their footing, not on newspaper. If you can post pictures, it may help. Here is a good link to read:
    http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/04/spraddle-leg.html
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     
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    The legs don't look spraddled. They were just sitting back with their legs out front. I quickly put them in their seats so didn't take photos unfortunately. They are on paper towels over pine shavings. Thanks for your reply.
     
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    I managed to take a picture. I changed their tape and they seemed a little better so I'm hopeful after a few days in their chick chair they'll be okay.


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  5. Lavender11

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    My two chicks are doing so much better today. Maybe it was splayed legs but I thought it would take longer to fix than nearly two days in splints and a chick chair.
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That is really great news, and thanks for the update.
     

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