One of my chicks is not walking properly

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kiwiana Chickie, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Kiwiana Chickie

    Kiwiana Chickie New Egg

    Oct 31, 2013
    Got an almost 1 day old chick and it is mainly sitting on its bum. Haven't had many chicks so this is new to us. Our chickens are bantams. Hen had 8 chicks and this one is a little different. Took it inside and put in a box wrapped up in an old woollen sock as not got a proper heating lamp, using a normal lamp instead and got box sitting on a hot water bottle to keep it warm. It is drinking and eating a little, but keeps falling back on its bum when walking. Should I be concerned and what can I do?
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    This could be a vitamin defiencey . You can try giving vitamin b1 which is also known as thiamin. This type of vitamin defiencey causes the chick to sit on hocks. They can also point their head up ways and do what's called star gazing. They may also loose their appetite. However chicks given a oral
    thiamin supplement can recover. I would start the
    supplement as soon as possible. This brooding
    defiencey usually shows up around two weeks old or
    so but can appear before that. You can try the
    thiamin and see if it helps. If it is a thiamin defiency
    then it should help her out. Its worth a try. I do know
    that hock sitting for chicks can be related to that
    type of defiency and its quite common. You can give
    it a try. I really hope this helps her out!!! I would give
    it a try. Best wishes and I hope this helps you. This is a one possibility of what might be happening with her.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013

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