Week old chick walks on back of legs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PineShavings, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. PineShavings

    PineShavings Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a week old chick that can't walk properly. It walks on the back of its legs, but it CAN walk normally for about a foot before it falls down. Once I saw it struggle getting up after falling on it's side, I decided to isolate it. It's now in an old shoebox where I cut a slit on the side so It can drink water and put some food inside the box. What's the next step? Can it heal on it's own? Do I need to put some sort of brace on it's legs? Maybe some "physical therapy" to strenghten it's legs? Thanks
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If you can Google Poultry Pedia Podiatry Page and click on the link you may find some reading to help you.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    This could be a niacin deficiency. Start on vitamins, especially with B vitamins.
     
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  4. PineShavings

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    Yeah, found the link. Definitely worth reading and a bookmark.
     
  5. alohachicken

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    ya that is happening to my chick right now. where do i get the vitamins?
     
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