Sick chicken nutrition recommendations


In the Brooder
Apr 1, 2017
I have a 3 week old chick who is unable to walk. She mainly keeps her legs underneath her or out to the side. She moves around a little by using her wings and hunches and is eating and drinking fine. Everything else besides the walking is normal no change in behavior, nothing. I oringinally thought it was Mareks Disease but was told on here she was most likely to young for that. She has been like this for 3 days now and hasn’t gotten any better but hasn’t gotten any worse. Today I put her in sling after being told that might help. She can reach the bottom and I noticed that she is planting one of her feet on the ground but the other is curled a little and is cold. The only thing I can think of is a nutrition deficit although she is given a chick starter so I’m not sure how that could have happened. Also, I have 5 other chicks who eat the same thing and are fine. If this is a nutrition problem what could I give her and at what dosage?
Give her chick vitamins in her water or by mouth, that include riboflavin and other vitamins. Could she have splayed legs? Leg bone deformities can be common, and can affect one or both legs. You can Google leg bone deformities, and look for varus valgus deformity. Slipped tendon is a catch all term, but can be common in chicks. Some good sites to read are Poultry Pedia Podiatry, The Chicken Chick, and to research leg problems. Splay or spraddle legs require 3-5 days of hobbling, using vet wrap strips, tape, or bandaids. Good luck with your chick.
My chick with splay leg (and slightly runty) did well with a week of hobbling legs and nutri-drench in the water, made fresh daily. She's recovered 99% now at 3 weeks. Best of luck!

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