Help! Crippled chick

critterkeeperJune 24, 2008

Only one incubator egg hatched (remember power outage, sister fried eggs?) The little guy is crippled, of course. Can I keep it and it be my special needs chick, or, if I must destroy it, how do I do it humanely?

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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

How bad is it? If you can splint it's legs and it can then get to food and water on it's own, I say give it a chance.

With newly hatched chicks (who are quite rubbery the first few days), you can make a shoe or splint for them to wear for a few days, which can help a surprising lot, sometimes even fixing the leg/foot completely. More info & how-to's here, scroll down to 'Making A Chick Splint':

http://jackshenhouse.com/VSChickHensBroodiesChicks.htm

If you DO have to euthanize it, see this page, all the way at the bottom:

http://jackshenhouse.com/VSChickHealth.htm

Velvet ~:>

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