please help - Hatchling can't stand

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kyzmette, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Kyzmette

    Kyzmette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The yellow Isbar chick in this pic hatched 18 hours ago. I just got home from work and transferred it from the incubator to the brooder box. The problem is, it can't seem to stand. It does this thing where it pedals its feet rapidly and scoots around a bit, then rests.

    The chick was from a shipped egg with a detached air cell. At 23 days it had pipped but there were other eggs in the bator that had quit due to a humidity issue, so I made the decision to assist. When I opened a hole, the chick was packed so tightly it literally looked like an octopus, a beak with no face. After I created a zip and moistened the tightly wrapped membrane, it finished hatching itself five hours later.

    Has anybody seen this before? Is there anything I can do to help? I'm completely new to this and I'm lost. I put a little sugar and electrolyte in the water, but it doesn't want to drink.

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  2. Kassaundra

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    Look up splayed leg, some new hatched chicks have trouble w/ their legs, especially in prolonged hatching or big chick in to small an egg etc.. There is a way to tape them together and support the chick until it gets strong enough, but I can't explain it since I have never done it.
     
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  3. Kyzmette

    Kyzmette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen the splayed leg stuff, but I didn't think the legs were far apart enough to be that. I'll get a picof the legs, but in the meantime, it can't hurt to brace them.
     
  4. Kyzmette

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  6. artsyrobin

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    go ahead and hobble his legs, is this the first hatchling that was having problems hatching?

    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html

    also, do you have any polyvisol vitamins? could put a couple drops on his beak, give him a bit of a boost if he is vitamin deficient
     
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  7. Kyzmette

    Kyzmette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I put poly-visol, sugar and electrolytes in the water, but that'll take a while. I put a drop on its beak, and let me tell you, that was NOT appreciated.

    The Dorking is starting to look a little more peppy, though.

    The Isbar is rolling over on its back now that it's braced. It seems to have energy when it's trying to stand, but it's like it just can't get leaned forward enough to get on its feet.
     
  8. Kassaundra

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    I have read where some chicks need support standing up not just the hobbling but also a temporary "wheel chair" if you will like a cup or something they can be "sat" in in the correct position until their legs are strong enough to hold them up.
     
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  9. bardies

    bardies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder if you cant make a little chick support brace to help him learn where to balance at....maybe something with a Dixie cup perhaps? It is heartbreaking...I had to put a little guy down recently for something similar. :( He seemed to have neck as well as leg issues. Hopefully you will be able to achieve some forward momentum with yours. Good luck!
     
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  10. artsyrobin

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    here is a suggestion on chick chairs i had saved
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    mabe something similar?
     
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