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Wings growing longer than body

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Angry Cheekan, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Angry Cheekan

    Angry Cheekan New Egg

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    So I'm not a breeder,I don't know much about caring for chicks. I notice it's wings are growing longer than its body. I'm worried it'll end up passing from not developing overtime.

    I rescued this baby chick because it had a broken leg. The mother would walk away from it constantly so I took it in. Where I live, there's dozens of wild chickens/roosters all over so its normal seeing baby ones running around. Thankfully its leg is fully healed but I'm afraid to let it out there.

    I do have a box with bedding and a heating lamp for it. Maybe its not getting the right nutrients ? As I can't really afford chick food :/ I give it lots of fresh water, bread, rice, oatmeal, seeds. It lays in the sun which shines bright in my room. Even have a dirt patch for it to roll in. I haven't tried bugs or worms yet.

    It is about eh 3 weeks old. The siblings seem to be growing fine. Although I notice a few have passed. They are in the wild after all. Doesn't drag the wings but they are longer than the body. :(

    I could try to get some chicken feed soon if it helps. Or maybe its just me overreacting idk.



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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The wings tend to look longer as the chick starts to feather out. Chicken feed starter grower crumbles would be the best feed to make up 90% of it's diet. That will help with bone development, with vitamins and nutrients. If you have a feed or farm store locally, they will most likely sell a couple of different brands. Do you have any friends or neighbors who would sell you a few pounds? It is always cheaper in 50 pound bags ($12-16,) but I would just get a small bag, or if possible, buy it by the pound.
     

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