**Update**Polish chick having weak legs issues-Doing well!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChooksChick, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Thanks, Ruth! I will get some in the morning. Would the liquid vitamins (veggie, vegan, organic) from the health coop help?
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    The polyvisol has a special 'blend'of vitamins that closely coincide s with the bird vitamins chicks need, so there would be no way to tell if the other vites would work unless you compared the labels side by side.
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I'm not able to get any polyvisol today- but I'm going to try to give a bit of the liquid stuff I have. It's supposed to be a huge dose of chelated minerals and micronutrients and vitamins, so I'll just put a few drops in the waterer- that'll be better than nothing, since a tablespoon a day is supposed to be for adult humans.

    Thanks!
     
  4. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    See if it contains the B vitamins, if not, crush up any B, B6 or B12 vitamin and add a tiny bit to the water.
     
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Thanks, again, Ruth- that's very helpful!
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    So, I've been through another problem with this little baby, now, too- as she doesn't seem to have much of an appetite. She is not food-driven, as all of the others naturally are.

    I've been feeding her baby parrot food (paste, with a syringe), along with the little cross-beaked EE I have that's a couple of weeks younger.

    The Polish is strong, hyper, alert, and happy, but is still bone-thin. Her callous on the back of her hock is nearly gone. She still tires easily and breathes heavily even in rest, but doesn't seem to notice or care.

    She's feathering out a little slower than her peers, but that may be because she's not eating as well. She loves life, and I'll continue to work hard to keep her going. She's often the leader in zooming around, and even the baby roo follows her.

    She has lost a lot of the wobbliness, but sits when at rest, rather than casually standing like the others. She looks gangly, but I'm hoping the vitamins make a difference. She gets vitamins in her food, and it's been obvious when I stopped using them briefly that they contribute to her strength. She is strong and playful, and happy.

    Her poops are normal, and she drinks the same as the others. I'm going to declare that survival of the fittest would have kicked her out of the gene pool, but I would have been as a baby, too, were it not for modern medicine...so I'm fighting for her.

    Thanks, all, for your help- it's been great to have excellent advice, and I've been directed well as to how to research.

    God bless!
     
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