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RIR chick running backwards

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Roman1621, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Roman1621

    Roman1621 Hatching

    Mar 27, 2012
    I got the chick yesterday and it is a few days old. It was somewhat lethargic after the 10 minute ride home but I chaled it up to the fact that it was a baby chick and I know they sleep a lot. today my wife is calling me at working and sending me video that it will lift its head if she grabs it out of the box but it almost tries to bury its head while its in the box or on the carpet in the house. I was thinking wry neck but it is more so holding its head down and then it runs backwards sporatically and hits the side of the box and flips over. Ive never had something like this happen and im by no means an expert but my unlce had chickens since I was in middle school so Ive been around them a little bit and this kinda throws me.

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I've had chicks do this . I use to use a heat lamp for added heat while brooding & it was the heat. I'd make sure their not cooking & add some chick saver to their water. Put the feed & water away from the heat & make sure the chicks have enough room to get away from the heat.I now use the Brinsea brooders for their heat. I hate heat lamps there hard to regulate the heat & can cause fires.[​IMG]

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