Slow, odd chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mydadsjoy, May 21, 2012.

  1. mydadsjoy

    mydadsjoy In the Brooder

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    I have a flock of 15 EE chicks. They're just over 4 weeks old. So cute and healthy!

    However, one of them has been odd since she arrived, and is now starting to worry me. She was slower than the rest from the start. As she's grown she's slowed down. She waddles. It almost looks like it hurts her to walk. She's also a little "hunched". I'm wondering if she has some kind of birth defect perhaps? She eats and drinks fine. She's just getting slower every day now. She walks a little ways, then sits down.

    It figures - this very one was my daughter's favorite - also from day one - due to unusual markings. As she's feathering in she's so pretty and brighter red than the rest - but - I fear for her. Anyone?
     
  2. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Songster

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    At the end of the paper there are 3 sysmptom checklists. It describes each disease very well in the paragraphs. It can give you an idea of what else to look for in symptoms or help you determine if he is just an unhappy mix of genetics.

    Sorry I cant help more... Good luck.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Sometimes it does happen and you never figure out what's "not quite right". She could have a spinal deformity, which makes walking difficult. Maybe as she's growing this is causing her to slow down....One can only guess.

    I would just keep an eye on her and maybe pamper her a bit with some chopped egg yolk to give her a little protein boost, and maybe some vitamins in her drinking water......Truly there's not much a person can do but just kind of wait and see how she grows.....

    Gosh, I know what you mean, it always seems to happen to a special chick......

    Good luck with her and I hope she will be OK,
    Sharon
     
  4. mydadsjoy

    mydadsjoy In the Brooder

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    Thank you both. We are pampering her - making sure she is fed and watered well. She may end up being our little pet amongst the "working" gals. Poor little thing.
     
  5. mydadsjoy

    mydadsjoy In the Brooder

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    Little update - "Spot" (as my daughter named her) is doing very well! She is still smaller than the rest but spunky and healthy. She is personable and curious. Nice chicken! One other chick exhibited the same symptoms, but she is better as well. Small but - again - spunky. This one chases our cats around the yard! Too stinkin' funny!

    I'm not sure if this was a genetic thing or if they were ill - in any case we will be certain to identify their eggs and not hatch their babies - but it seems as if they are going to be an asset to our flock.

    Yay!
     

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