New Chicks Having Problems
I have a chick that hatched 5 days ago. He appears quite healthy, eats/drinks/poops like he should . However he is not able to stand or walk without leaning on the side of the brooder box. He always leans to the right. Does not appear to be star gazing or twisting his neck.
I am currently giving him non-medicated food, Poli Vi Sol, and just started today giving B Vitamin.
2 of his hatch mates also had issues. 1 had a slipped tendon which I was able to replace and is now walking fine. The other had the exact symptoms as this one but died the first night (I think he was not able to move out from under the brooder light and over heated; I did not realize that there was a problem until the chick appeared too hot and then it was too late).
I am just wondering if there is anything that can be done to help this chick that I am not already doing? Or if this is a neurological problem or muscular dystrophy in which case there really is not a way to help. I will consider culling the chick if necessary but really want to do all I can to help save him. Our chickens are "pets" not breeding stock. They are cared for very well but do want to make sure that he has a good quality of life and I am not prolonging the inevitable.