Trouble with Fawn Runner Chicks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by athenaks, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. athenaks

    athenaks New Egg

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    We get eggs from a farm to hatch in our school every year. This is our first year having fawn runners and we are having some difficulty. The other breeds have hatched just fine but both runners are having a hard time walking. They are unable to put their feet under themselves for support and they just kind of stick straight out to the sides as they sit. Is this normal or is it perhaps something genetic from this batch? They try to push themselves around but we have been having to hand feed since they can't walk. They are both 2 days old and we have removed them from the pekins since they were being picked on.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It's called spraddle legs, go here and read up on what to do but needs to be done quick.
    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/


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  3. athenaks

    athenaks New Egg

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    Thank you so much! Unfortunately one of them passed away this afternoon but we are bringing the other home to start treating it right away.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'm sorry, I hope you can help the other one. Get some good poultry vitamins and start giving the lil ones some in their water also Brewers yeast sprinkled on their feed 1Tab to 1cup of feed gives them the niacin they need to have healthy legs and healthy brains, Niacin deficiency can cause leg and neurological problems . use the Brewers yeast daily for 10 weeks.
     
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