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Date Posted: 19:05:57 11/30/15 Mon
Author: AJ
Subject: Another chick that can't walk

Dear Sir:

We have an approximately six week old bantam silky chick that was developing fine. However, a few days ago, he appeared to have a broken toe but continued walking around, though with a limp. Then a couple of days later he appears to have sustained a worse injury. (I did notice the mother leaped from the top of the box onto the chick at one point and provisionally attributed the problem to that.) The chick is now unable to walk. His left leg tends to become splayed out behind him, his balance is impaired, and he generally prefers to stay in a "folded up" position as if seated on a nest. He peeps and occasionally trills at rest, but sounds more shrill when I have to move him around or when he flails about on his own. I have him positioned in a hand towel fashioned into a donut shape to assist with his stability, which also helps him get a little elevation to eat & drink more easily. He's eating willingly but sparingly. The only other clue I have is that he seems more uncomfortable when I support him from underneath, as I often do with my chickens. (Other than the occasional obstreperous rooster who "doth protest too much," most of my chickens are fine with being supported under their keel to be carried, so this was a little surprising.)
I'd be happy to send photos; just need to know what views you'd like.

Thanking you kindly for your service.

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