Newly hatched chick will not stay off its back

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jumeaugal, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Jumeaugal

    Jumeaugal Just Hatched

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    I have a baby chick who hatched but cannot stand upright. I will flip it over and it will pull its neck and fall right back on its back. I read that some chicks will do this and to wrap them and place them in a bowl over night. I did this and the poor guy still cannot stand right and flipping to his back. Is there anything else I can do for it?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Poultry Nutri Drench. You might do a bit of a thread search re: vitamin E encephalopathy, or "crazy chick disease" and see if any of the pics and descriptions match your chick. If the chick has a large, soft squishy belly, you might consider omphalitis. Any of these issues don't bode well for long term outcome.
     
  3. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That doesn't sound too good. Sound like it's deformed. I'm afraid if I was you I'd bump it off. I would probably be kinder to do that. Has it fluffed up and is it cheeping? Also, does it have membrane stuck to it's back? If it does it could be stopping the chick from standing up.

    -Jet
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I think that 'treatment" with the bowl and wrap is merely an old wives' tale.

    Chicks are born with vitamin deficiencies that can cause neurological problems. The most common is Vitamin B-2 riboflavin deficiency. Try dissolving either B-complex or B-2 with E in liquid and dosing the chick twice a day.

    Also, get the Poultry Nutri-drench. It has a formula that will kick start this chick and you may see immediate results.
     
  5. Jumeaugal

    Jumeaugal Just Hatched

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    I am holding his feet but he would flip back if I didn't. Little guy is fluffed up, chipping, nothing wrong with it's belly. He did have a very weird hatch. He made a hole in his eggs and just stayed there all day with his beak hanging out the hole.
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Star gazer. The only thing that will help him is getting some vitamins into him pronto. and even then, the outcome depends on whether the neuro damage is permanent. He may end up being a failure to thrive chick, based on the fact that this problem probably existed before hatch day.
     
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  7. Jumeaugal

    Jumeaugal Just Hatched

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    Sending somebody to tractor supply now.
     
  8. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi I agree with LazyGardner in Post 6 . Hopefully some Drench can go ahead and fix this but only time will tell .
    Best,
    Karen
     

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