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Date Posted: 09:03:37 01/02/13 Wed
Author: D C T --friendly poultry orthopedist
Subject: Re: Day old chick can't lift head seems twisted
In reply to: Alli 's message, "Day old chick can't lift head seems twisted" on 07:01:54 01/02/13 Wed

It needs to be handled very gently. You can straighten the
neck and massage very lightly with fintertip.
It may respond to having neck wrapped in soft tissue paper
to keep it straight. I remember cutting a sponge to donut
shape with hole the right size to pull the head through
so that it was a neck brace.
When a chick is newly hatched it can survive several days
without food or water because the eggyolk is still inside
the abdomen.--this is how the hatcheries can mail chicks
to people. Out in the jungle hen could sit on her chicks
for a few days until they got stronger (and hungry)
before leaving the nest to find insects, tender grass,
and rain water.
...So you can keep your chick wrapped with neck straight
for a day or two checking on it often

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