Newly hatched chick keeps flipping over backwards

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Adamps, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Adamps

    Adamps New Egg

    Apr 11, 2009
    Hi - please can anyone help? - chick hatched this morning at day 24 after the others two days ago - I found it quite cold and flat when the mother left the nest with the other chicks to feed. I brought it in - it has warmed up nicely under a lamp, has had water via a dropper and is cheaping loudly but whenever it stands it rears its head back then flips over backwards.
  2. selinagil

    selinagil Chillin' With My Peeps

    The poor thing probably just needs a while to get it's feet under him. They are really uncoordinated at birth and flail around quite a bit. Just give it a little time and keep us updated. Good Luck [​IMG]
  3. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
  4. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Hi! I always have one in every hatch that does this! I just keep flipping it back over! If it is chirping alot check the temp(needs to stay warm, but not too hot), make sure it has food and water. Put a stuffed animal or new feather duster in with it to keep it company![​IMG]
  5. Adamps

    Adamps New Egg

    Apr 11, 2009
    Hi thanks - helpful replies. Yes the toes on one foot are curled at times but the leg isn't splayed. It just lies on its back once it has flipped - then occasionally turns over - lifts its head right back and flips again. It's 12 hours since it hatched so guess I'll see how it is in the morning .
  6. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

    Nov 17, 2007
    Port Orchard, WA
    I have a RIR that is two weeks old now and does that too! Mostly when it drinks is so odd.....I was wondering if it had something wrong with it, but it seems perfectly fine otherwise...


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