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Date Posted: 01:48:13 11/27/15 Fri
Author: Sherry (not ready to give up)
Subject: Chick can't walk

I have two chicks that are feathered out. The mother hen decided she was finished with them and began harassing/attacking them. One chick especially was hiding and scared, so I released the mother. (They were in a greenhouse.) The scared chick started losing its ability to run around, and then began flipping over on its back. It sticks its legs straight back like a flying superman, and the toes curl. It still has a good appetite and drinks. When it needs to defacate, it starts flapping and chirping loudly, flopping around, sounding very distressed. It seems to be able to grip my finger with the curled toes. I have tried some physical therapy. Sometimes I gently straighten the toes and legs out, but they always go back. It preens its feathers and is aware of potential danger such as high flying birds. I have put it in a sling repeatedly. It seems to be getting stronger, but both legs still go straight back as if it is planking or like a dolphin on land. I've been keeping it indoors in a box in a sling mostly.

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