newly hatched chick can't walk?

Imapsychowhoa

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i was incubating chicken egg's (rhode island reds, golden comets) all the egg's hatched which i removed from the incubator after they were dry, three day's later another chicken hatched.It's been in the incubator for two day's.It can't walk so i put string between it's legs to help it but that didn't help.I can't get it to eat or drink.It's toe's on one foot are curled back and it's leg is behind it's body.Does anyone have any idea how to help it?
 

chickenzoo

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You can try, take a band aid, cut in half length wise and wrap each end around each leg coming to meet toward the white pad. For the toes, take some duct tape, rip a small piece and arrange his foot on it correctly. Place another piece of tape over the top and press around toes to hold them in place, cut off excess tape. Put chick into a heavy short glass with a piece of shelf grippy liner or paper towel at the bottom, put chick in glass. Glass will give him something to press on. Take him out to eat/drink. Dip beak in vitamin water. Make a mushy mash w/ starter and water- dip in beak.
 

Imapsychowhoa

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Jun 6, 2010
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i tryed all of that last night after i read that but this morning when i got up it's leg was swollen so i took it out of the glass and held it against my hand to see if it would try to walk but it wouldnt. even with the tape on it's foot it holds the foot up to the side (without the band aid the other foot goes straight out behind it) i got it to drink a little but it still won't eat.
Thanks
 

greeneggsandham

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I just a few months ago had a chick hatch that had one leg go straight to the front and the other straight out to the back. The bandage trick didn't work for him, but putting tape on the bottom of his feet to stop the curling toes, along with a few mintues a day of physical therapy with the legs and you would never know he couldn't walk. It took him about 3 weeks to get his legs to work.
 

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