Please help me! Bad splayed legs in day old chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cara, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    One of my chicks that hatched overnight has terribly splayed legs. Its legs were both straight out to the side, so I did the band-aid thing and wrapped one around its legs just above its feet, and then another above its hock. It's still not sitting upright though, it rests on its chin with its legs straight in front of it. It can't get around very well so i've been dipping its beak in the waterer a few times every couple of hours. Is it likely that it will improve if it is this bad, or would it be kinder to put it down now?
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I would give it a chance to gain some strength. Keep it close to the water and feed. Also, what do you have on the bottom of the brooder?
    Newspaper is too slippery. Even paper towels can be too slippery. Can you put that chick in a separate brooder (with another chick for company) and put a terry cloth towel down under them? He would be much better able to get his footing on that. You may also have to stand him up several times a day to help him out.

    Good luck

  3. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    They are on paper towels. He can't eat or drink by himself, but I just fed him some hard boiled egg yolk with tweezers, and i'm dipping his beak often. He doesn't try to eat or drink by himself, and can't stand up at all. I'll try putting a towel down in the brooder instead, but he can't seem to stand up on any surface [​IMG]
  4. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    usa water or give it a drop a day for a few days.worked for mine.........johnny
  5. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Thanks for your help, but I just went to check on him and he had drowned in the waterer [​IMG]

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