What's wrong with Igor??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hatchaholic, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Igor is about 5.5 weeks old, and came in a batch from Ideal, along with 13 other chicks. S/he never looked quite right.... S/he holds its head kinda crooked. It almost looks like his/her wings are misaligned.

    I will try to post a picture, but was wondering if anyone has heard of this before??
  2. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Okay, I'm going to try and post these pics. Hope it works...



    Like I said, Igor has always looked "different". However, the chick eats okay and seems to have no problems, just looks weird.

    This is only our 2nd batch of chicks, so I'm still real new at this. Any ideas?

    Also, if Igor is a roo, should we not breed him?
  3. lakecountychick

    lakecountychick In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2007
    Poor, poor Igor. He's / she's got knowing eyes. The curve looks like scoliosis. of upper spine. Congenital or injury? I wouldn't breed him if Igor is a he. Hope Igor is a Igora for egg laying for eggs. I don't know if chickens get arthiritis.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I had chicks that got a virus during their first two weeks. One ended up with her neck a little off. She's doing OK now.... one of my Partridge Rocks.
  5. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Igor(a) was shipped to me at 1 day old, and s/he's never shown signs of being sick. So, I was thinking that it was probably some kind of conginital injury. S/he has looked strange from the beginning, but it's really starting to become apparent now.

    If it were to be something along the lines of scoleosis, would s/he be able to live a somewhat normal life? Wonder how much worse it will get?? [​IMG]
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    aaawwww poor cute little Igor. I think it worsening would depend on whether or not it is degenerative. If it is, then it will get worse as time goes on.

    As long as Igor is hapy and healthy, let S/he be Igor. What a cutie pie. Good luck to you and Igor.
  7. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    I posted these pictures earlier, but wanted to post one more time to see if anyone had any suggestions/comments.

    I have no problem in keeping Igor around, as long as he is not suffering. Not sure how bad this can get, and wondering if he eventually may not be able to get around??

    Has anyone seen this before?

  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    It's probably fine. It looks like a birth deformaty. If the bird is eating and drinking and acting otherwise fine, I would just enjoy it. If it starts acting like it's in pain, then that is another story.

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