Chick walking backwards
by Linda Rupniak
Chick walking backwards: I have home reared 8 chicks and they are all eating and pooing ok.
The last couple of weeks I have noticed one male is shivering and reluctant to get up and another chick is opening its mouth and gasping and walking backwards in a sort of fit.
They have fresh air, heat lamp, clean sawdust and straw. What can it be?Answer
This sounds like a disease getting hold of them. It could be an infection or virus. I would recommend a medicated chick start to hopefully get them well and prevent the rest from coming down with this.
It would be best to isolate the two that are acting sick in another brooder, but feed all the medicated feed.
Giving medicated feed (medicated with antibiotic) for long term is not a good idea. Some diseases can develop a tolerance to antibiotics when fed too long.
If you can get them to a vet for a diagnosis of the problem you would get a prescription for the best antibiotic for that illness.
Some illnesses and immunities to illness can be passed from the mother to the chicks. Some chicks are healthier and strong than others, including a stronger immune system that works better to fight disease.
There are vitamin supplements made just for chicks after shipping, that might help, even though you raised these at home.