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opinions needed: splayleg/deformed chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newfrom NJ, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. newfrom NJ

    newfrom NJ In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    When picking up my order of chicks a little immobile silkie chick caught my attention. the others were trampling all over it and pecking it. It seemed to be dragging itself to the food/water dish so I thought I could hobble the legs and all would be good (chick was 1 day old at the time) now a day later it has become evident the left 'ankle' or hock of the chick is somehow deformed and sticks out to the side as well as the leg itself being splayed. The chick does not have any symptoms or signs to suggest it is suffering from any other kind of illness. I work in veterinary surgery and one of my associates hobbles the legs and feet but im not sure how this is going to go. The chick needs to be kept in a cup to remain in the right position and I am currently handfeeding it baby bird handfeeding formula every two hours. It is not able to eat by itself at this point. I dont know if anyone has had any experience with anything like this..ive heard vitamin b complex by mouth can be helpful... i just dont want to put this chick through unnecessary stress if these efforts are in vain....................

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