Newly Hatched chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hholt, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Hholt

    Hholt Chirping

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    We just hatched our first set of chicks. Most of the did great. One stayed in its shell after pipping for a least a day, maybe little longer. It had to be helped out of its shell. I know we really shouldn’t do that, but it stopped trying to get out and the sad chirping was too much for me. Since fully hatching, it keeps flopping on its back. We had it in a small space to keep it upright but it still ended up on its back and kind of upside down. It only seems to use one leg to flop around and its head doesn’t really move much. I got it to drink some water and eat some food. What should I be doing?
     
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to the Flock! :celebrate
    I’m sorry you are having such a difficult time with your sweet chick. It sounds like it has a bum leg. You might want to reach out to our emergency crew and seek there.
    @casportpony @Eggcessive
    Good luck!
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Can you upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo then copy and paste the link here? Pictures of it would be good too.
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Excellent advice from Chick-N-Fun
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

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    I would try giving some Poultry Cell or NutriDrench vitamin tonic daily. When I used to hatch some, I had 2 chicks unable to stay upright, arching their backs. They never ate or drank, and died within 2 days, despite efforts to save them. That is why I stopped hatching.
     
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  6. Hholt

    Hholt Chirping

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    I can’t get a video uploaded but this is how it lays in the brooder. It typically uses its right side to flop itself over and kind of flops in a circle.
     

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  7. Hholt

    Hholt Chirping

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    Should I leave it with the healthy chicks or keep it separate? The others have pecked at it a little, but almost like they are flipping it back over.
     
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  8. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! So sorry about your chick. I'm
    happy you are getting the help you need from the experts here.
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    I would move it to separate it from the others. Chicks/chickens will frequent attack others that seem unwell.
     
  10. Hholt

    Hholt Chirping

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    We’ve got it separated again. Thanks for all of the thoughts. I was thinking it was wry neck. I don’t have any vitamins I can give it right now, but I have to get more feed tomorrow and can hopefully pick something up.
     

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