Please help: chick not walking,

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kritterdoc, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. kritterdoc

    kritterdoc Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
    Hi all! I had a successful first hatch yesterday and it was truly exciting. I have six buff orpington chicks, five of which are fluffy and normal. One, however, isn't able to walk,. One leg is out straight and the other seems contracted, though I can move it gently. Is there anything I can do to help? Chick is vocal, taking water, still trying to fluff up, so I have him/her in the incubator still, but any words of wisdom would be most appreciated. Thanks!
  2. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Welcome to BYC. Sorry to hear about your chick. If you put "chick can't walk" in the search engine you will see that there are some things you can try. Best of luck!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
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  4. kritterdoc

    kritterdoc Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
    Thank you! I let him sit with support on my hand for a bit this morning before work and massaged his little leg. This chick likes to be held. :) This afternoon s/he's fine. :)
  5. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    putting a slick surface under chicks like newspaper can cause splay leg, use pine chips under them .
    Welcome and enjoy BYC!
    Steve :frow
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    He may have had a funky position in the shell and needed space and time to stretch out.
  7. kritterdoc

    kritterdoc Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
    Thank you all! I love the support of chicken folks! The chick is getting around just fine; I put him in with the others and he's holding his own. He comes over to me when I go check on them, and he actually likes to snuggle for a little bit before I put him back in the brooder box. They are on well-textured paper towels for now (read about the evils of newspapers!) but will be switching to brown river sand soon based on what I have read. Hatching my first chickens has been a joy. How does God stuff so much chicken in such a small space?? So I can check in on them during the day while I'm at work, I set up a "Chicken cam" using the Dropcam Pro---fantastic piece of technology. I was able to share their hatching and progression to fluffy perfection with interested family and friends. :)
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Congrats on your babies and hurrah that your chick is better!
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Glad the chick is ok.

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