Saturday, April 9, 2011
Clutches With Single Chicks
The very first chick to hatch this season was a Stafford. The first problem was mom did not want to feed it so, a couple of times a day I hand fed it with Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula. After a couple of days, mom started feeding and I was able to stop hand feeding it.
When there is just one chick in a nest, the risk for splay leg is very high. Without out protection, the chick legs can be abnormally spread apart resulting in leg deviation from the hip (spraddle leg) and without intervention, they become deformed or need splints to correct the problem.
As the chick grows, eggs are removed till none are need when it is about a week old.