Splayed Legs or Vitamin Deficiency?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by machoman, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. machoman

    machoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2011
    One of my three week old cornish cross chicks has what appears to be splayed legs, and I'm embarrassed to say I don't know if she had it when she arrived. That being said, I split an order of 26 with a girl and she only has 6 left. She said hers gradually stopped being able to stand, then walk, and then died. So, I'm not ruling out a vitamin deficiency. I have polyvisol drops on hand am wondering the dose for one gallon of water?

  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
  3. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Quote:The correct dosage for polyvistol is 1ml of polyvistol to one quart of water. Or you can just put a few drops in his beak a couple times a day. If he has splayed legs, you may want to use a bandaid to hold its legs together. I have heard nothing but good things about this method. What are you using for bedding? Be sure you don't use newspaper as newspaper's ink tends to be slippery and will often times cause leg problems in chicks. Be sure the chick is eating and drinking well. And he isn't getting trampled by his hatch mates. It may not be a bad dea to seperate him from the others and make him his own little hospital box. Just be sure he is kept at the right temp (if he is a newborn, he will need to be kept at 90-95 degrees). And he has access to food and water at all times.

    Good Luck with him!
  4. Tilly's Nest

    Tilly's Nest Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    Cape Cod

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