sick chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarahbeth003, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. sarahbeth003

    sarahbeth003 In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2014
    2 chicks survived the hatch, they are about a week old. The first one has some curving to her toes (claws, feet, talons? Sorry I'm a newbie) but other than that fine. The second one no problems at all. Yesterday I kept find the first one on her back and very check, second one pecking her, but I assumed it was because she had fallen im some food and it didnt seem violent. this morning I found the first ones eye all bloody and she on her back again. I have separated them but I was wondering what I can do help the first one and if this was normal for 2 chicks to fight
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    The chicken flopping over on it's back sounds like it may not make it. This is a sign of stress, and possible neurological problems. I would dip it's beak into vitamin/electrolyte water as often as possible in case it is dehydrated or has a vitamin deficiency. Strong chicks tend to pick on weak ones. I would try to get the only healthy chick a mate if the other one dies. If the weak chick recovers, I would try to tape or splint toes to straighten them. Here is a link:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2014

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