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Riboflavin Deficiency in Chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AllCoop'dUp, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Creswell, Oregon
    I picked up 6 chicks today and 2 of them could not stand on their toes. Just hobbling around on their hocks. Luckily the breeder is only a few miles away and I returned them and got 2 other chicks. From what I have researched they seemed to have a Riboflavin Deficiency. If the chicks I received have this deficiency, just not has severe, will this have long term effects. I have vitamins to give, but will that be enough?

  2. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    Here's what the Merck Vet Manual says:

    "Chicks receiving diets only partially deficient in riboflavin may recover spontaneously, indicating that the requirement rapidly decreases with age. A 100-µg dose should be sufficient for treatment of riboflavin-deficient chicks, followed by incorporation of an adequate level in the diet. However, when the curled-toe deformity is longstanding, irreparable damage has occurred in the sciatic nerve, and the administration of riboflavin is no longer curative."

    It seems, then, that permanent nerve damage is a possibility.

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