Whats wrong with my chick???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 20123001, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. 20123001

    20123001 Songster

    Jan 20, 2011
    Delavan, Wi
    i hatched a little Americana chick last week. it got halfway out and then the membrane got stuck so i had to help him the rest of the way out. The next few days he was ok but then when he was three days old he develpoed spraddled leg on his left side. i looked up how to fix that and i bandaded his legs together. so know he is only keeping his head turned that way! What should i do?
  2. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    It doesn't sound like anything is inherantly wrong with the chick. Spraddle is environmental, and caused by the ground being too slick for the chicks to stand upright. You're doing the right thing with the band-aid, but you also need to provide non-slick ground like a towel, or a nice thick bed of shavings (non cedar).

    Fortunately Spraddle isn't lethal if you fix it right away like you are. Good luck!
  3. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Songster

    Mar 10, 2011
    Northern Illinois
    The same thing happens the first time we ever hatched our own chicks. We put commercial grade carpet in the bottom of the box to help him get traction for a little while.

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