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#85948 - 04/18/05 03:57 PM baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Clark Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 117
Loc: California
My 1day old chick can not stand on its feet. It wobbles to move around.

What should I do? Wait and see? or "put it down"

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#85949 - 04/19/05 07:13 AM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Anonymous
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Roody-
If it is not too late, a little more information would be helpful. Are the chicks feet 'deformed' in appearance? Or are the legs heading in opposite directions?

TC
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#85950 - 04/19/05 11:35 AM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Clark Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 117
Loc: California
Hi Collective,

No it's not too late, still giving it some time.

The feet look normal. I set him(?) on a wire while holding and he grasped it with his feet.
He waddles/scooches to get around. he drinks water when I bring some to him. and he pecks at the chick starter food.

I don't know why he would be this way, he wasn't on any smooth surface since hatching. He just doesn't stand/push himself up.

The other seem to know that he isn't normal and walk on him and peck. So I've separated him. (Although everyone walks on each other.)

The longer I wait, the harder it's gonna be to euthanize.
Thanks for any thoughts.

Roody

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#85951 - 04/19/05 04:47 PM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Bill Ludwig Offline
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Registered: 07/17/02
Posts: 2582
Loc: Ohio
Have you added any vitamin supplements to its water? You might try that.

Bill L

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#85952 - 04/19/05 10:07 PM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Anonymous
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Bill's suggestion of adding vitamins is what I would do, especially A & D.

tc

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#85953 - 04/20/05 10:17 PM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Clark Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 117
Loc: California
ok, I'll try that. Is there any particular type? I have only pills for humans. Is there a chicken type?


Hubby thinks it might be a nerve damage.
It's like he is paralized and tips over because his legs don't push him/set evenly.
. He's getting stronger. He does stand up briefly, and waddles quickly to get around.
He pushes with his tiny wings.
He is so cute.

thanks again for the help.

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#85954 - 04/20/05 10:47 PM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Maria Ricardo Offline
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Registered: 03/26/05
Posts: 434
Loc: Hawaii
Does your chick have spraddle or splay legs? If so, you can make hobbles that can help.

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#85955 - 04/21/05 03:34 AM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Bill Ludwig Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 07/17/02
Posts: 2582
Loc: Ohio
You can get poultry vitamins at most feed stores as well as the Tractor Supply Co. I don't like using human OTC's unless at the advise of a Vet.

Vitamins I use are Durvet from TSC and come 8 ounces to a pack. The 8 oz. pack make 110 gallons. The mix should be .0727 ounces per gal. About 1/4 teaspoon.

Bill L

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#85956 - 04/21/05 05:10 PM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Clark Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 117
Loc: California
Hmm, I'll look into "spraddle or splay legs" i never heard of that, but those words describe like he would.

thanks for all the advice.

Hobbles, that's funny; I use hobbles on my horses.

RTR

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#85957 - 04/23/05 07:53 PM Re: baby can't stand on legs-Sad News
Emmy Offline
Bantam

Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 64
Loc: New Jersey
Wouldn't give up yet- Had a very small day old runt who could not get around- just kind of kept tipping over, wouldn't eat or drink by herself (had to hand feed/ water her with a dropper several times a day) Used vitamins/electrolytes like Bill has described and I guess she just needed a few days to get stronger. She was the runt for a good while but eventually she could hold her own and today she is a big ole' puffy cochin, great layer and great disposition - probably from being held so much when she was small. Good luck and keep us posted!

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