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Silkie chick won't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by iowabirds, May 18, 2016.

  1. iowabirds

    iowabirds Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure what happened to this little chicks, for weeks it was running around with its siblings and my 4 other chickens with no problems. We brought it home along with its sibling because the weather was crappy and one of its siblings had already died because it couldn't make it back inside. Now this chick won't walk. It can move a little on its own but it keeps it'd body close to the ground and won't stand tall. It's legs don't seen injured but I'm not sure why it suddenly would stop walking when all the others are running around like crazy? Any suggestions on how to help this little fart?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Is it walking on it's hocks or elbows, and does it have curled under toes? I would start it on poultry vitamins that contain riboflavin especially, in case of a deficiency.
     
  3. iowabirds

    iowabirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I haven't gotten back to you, as of how it walks I honestly am not sure if it does on its hocks or elbows because when it does move it flaps it's wings all over to move, making it difficult to see. I will watch it closely tomorrow and get back to you! I will look into some vitamins for it! Thanks!
     
  4. iowabirds

    iowabirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Also I will for sure check it's toes out. Being a silkie it has funky feet and toes so I'll double check to see if any happen to be curved under.
     
  5. iowabirds

    iowabirds Out Of The Brooder

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    I checked on him today, he seems to be doing better. He is getting around more but still lays flat more than moving. I gave him and my other chicks a hard boiled egg because I read that it is a good source of riboflavin, they loved it. The chicks toes are not curved under and it doesn't appear that he's walking on his hocKS either. Can a chicken become depressed? He was fine until we took him from the hens for his safety.
     

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