Newly hatch chick leg probs, not spraddle??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickBond 007, May 16, 2009.

  1. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    I've had 8 chicks hatch in the last 24 hours (yippee). This morning I took the dry babes out of the incubator and into the brooder tote. One of the chicks could not walk, and seems to lean oddly. I thought it was spraddle leg and put the band-aid prothethic setup on his legs. It did not bring his legs forward under him, but did pull them together in the suggested 3/4" apart setup. He (or she) seems to be malformed and only able to lean on the left side, unable to upright himself. Unless leaning on the side of the brooder, I cannot get it to maintain an unright position.
    Should I cull this chick?
     
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    I would put it separate from the others so they don't pick on it or watch closely, if they aren't. Then give him a few days to see what happens. Make sure he's able to get food and water.

    I had a chick hatch whose one foot was turned in and she would flop when she tried walking. After a few days, her foot had turned back enough that she was walking fine and a few days after that the foot looked normal.
     
  3. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    I'd seperated the chick, used the band-aids in the style to correct splayed legs. I've used an eyedropper to give the chick some 'quick-chick' electrolyte water and a tiny amount of Poly-Vi-Sol.
    Upon closer examination, it appears that this chick is 'smaller' on all of it's left side features. It's left wing is shorter than the right, it's left leg doesn't appear shorter but does appear weaker/thinner than the right. It is a strong chick, attempting to drag itself into the warm comfort of the others.
    What is the likelihood that it will gain strength on the weak side, and eventually walk?
    It cannot sit up straight even with the bandages on it's legs. It flops to the left unable to right itself.
    What a drag....
     
  4. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    I wanted to share my struggle with this chick. When hatched, it was unable to move at all, even with the band-aid contraption attached.
    We decided to remove the band-aids and cull the chick. My 12 year old pleaded to let the chick die on it's own, and I explained the logic of needless suffering of a chick slowly pecked to death or dying of dehydration. My son then said, "Can't you just give him a chance? Maybe he's stronger than you think." I didn't want to have that argument with him, so we put up a small barrier and seperated the chick, gave him some quick-chick electrolyte water with a dropper, and left him for the day while we went to graduation parties.

    When we came home, the chick had escaped his isolation unit, and learned to hobble around the brooder. By last evening, it was walking, however oddly, but just as hardly as the rest of the brood.

    Kid was right... maybe he was stronger than I thought. Question is, was it my kid that was stronger or the chick... LOL, learn life's lessons every day.
     
  5. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
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    sounds like a Nemo. They seem to be able to bring themselves around, I am having problems with mine but hopefully he will pull through too... he leaned a bit esp on me when he was younger but he does not do it now.
     
  6. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yay!!!!!!!! A small miracle! How sweet, that chick will probably always be his favorite. [​IMG]
     

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