Massage on a baby chick - impromptu with AMAZING results!

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Massage on a baby chick - impromptu with AMAZING results!

Post by AngEngland » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:42 am

Now I wish I had taken pictures just to be able to fully set the scene for you guys.

We had a hen who "went to settin'" which simply means she laid a couple eggs and then SAT on them to hatch them out. In the country the only appropriate response is to find more eggs to stick under her so you can hatch out MULTIPLE baby chickens. 7 eggs. We hatched out 6 baby chicks. Actually she is still sitting on the last eggs but if it doesn't hatch today when I go out to feed everything we'll pull her off of it.

ONE baby chick looked like it had a broken something or couldn't walk or was very sick or something. It couldn't move very well - looked very weak - it would try to stand and instead flop over onto it's back with legs kicking pathetically in the air. Honestly - if it had still been daylight when we brought the babies into the house my husband would have "taken care" of it.

In the morning it was still alive! Fiesty little thing. In a rush for work he said "If it's still bad tonight I'll take it outside." Baby Chick has such an appetite for life though we simply couldn't bring ourselves to do it.

I've been holding it into the water dish several times a day so it can get water and five days later he is STILL alive.

THE MASSAGE PART:
Yesterday I was watering it/hand feeding it (I know - I'm a softy - what can I say?) and I starting palpating his neck, ribs, chest abd back looking for the source of it's injury. Oh My!!

There was an almost 90 degree bend in the poor things neck in one place and another place with a "crink". If you've never palpated a baby chicks neck it is VERY thin - like those little tiny coffee stirrer straws. SO fragile. I told DH I was afraid to try anything. He said, "Honey - honestly, you cannot make the bird worse. And if the chicken can't walk it won't survive. You might as well do what you do."

OK then - his logical reasoning bouyed my confidence to attempt bodywork on a 4-day old baby chick. I did some myoskeletal type releases along the neck and then light traction - probably didn't feel light to the chick BUT I knew that even though there was obvious impairment that the spinal cord wasn't severed because he could move both legs and both wings. So I thought "pinched nerve" and if I could release the pressure on the nerves that were being impaired maybe he would start getting better.

About ten minutes of counter pressure, myoskeletal release and traction. Another two minutes of acupressure type work on the points at the very base of the spine and crown of the head for full-body intergration (Are acupressure points located in similar spots in a chicken?? I figured the crown meridian would be similar in most animals). One more drink and then to bed for all.

This morning he can walk! I mean - it's sort of a shuffling, lurching type of walk BUT - he is opening both eyes with very alert expressions, he can maintain his own balance (A MIRACLE!), he can even feed himself from the crumbs that have been scattered by the other baby chicks. My husband was amazed and suitably impressed.

And I have to say - I'm pretty impressed as well. I can honestly say I never anticipated using my massage knowledge on a tiny baby chick - and I was scared to death the entire time of making him worse. BUT - like my husband said....if he didn't get better he really truly WOULD have had to be "put out of his misery" because a chicken simply cannot survive on it's back or side for it's entire life.

He's not out of the woods yet - he still has trouble with the water dish so I am still going to take him out and hand feed him water every so often. BUT he is MUCH improved and for the first time DH and I are hopeful he will make a full recovery. Or enough of a recovery to learn to ably compensate for whatever lingering effects there may be.

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P.S. We wonder now if the mother hen accidentally stepped on him. Often a mother hen will raise all her baby chicks herself. In this case we took the babies away because she was rejecting the three yellow ones and would rush at them and chase them out of the nest. The two older black ones were able to get out of the way - they were about two days older. I believe this black baby simply didn't get out of the way and got injured.

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Post by ccMarie » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:21 am

Wow. Now you can offer a 12 minute "chick" massage in your area. HA!

What a great story. Started my day off with a nice smile. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by AngEngland » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:05 am

ccMarie wrote:Wow. Now you can offer a 12 minute "chick" massage in your area. HA!

What a great story. Started my day off with a nice smile. Thanks for sharing.
:-) To see him wobbling about the chick cage made MY day as well. My husband kissed my forehead and said, "Honey - You're my hero. I was really NOT looking forward to disposing of something with so much PLUCK." hehehehe

It might not be a lucrative sideline - but it totally made my day.

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Post by riversinger » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:14 am

So sweet ! You gotta take some pics and post them for us
now ! Glad to hear the little chick is going to make it. Though be prepared, cause he's gonna start following you around everywhere for more sessions ! :lol:
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Re: Massage on a baby chick - impromptu with AMAZING results

Post by pueppi » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:16 am

[quote="AngEngland"]I did some myoskeletal type releases along the neck and then light traction - probably didn't feel light to the chick... [quote]

I did have to laugh... really hard at this. *grins* Never worked on a chick, but I worked on a goat once. It was amazing that the poor thing was able to walk right again when I was done. I did traction by pulling on it's horns, when it got mad about me pulling on it's neck. *hehe*

Might as well "do what you do", makes sense!!!

I'm excited about your chick!!!!! :)

Please let us know how he/she continues to do.
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Post by Gaspen » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:24 am

Now you can put on your card 'Chicken Whisperer'. Congratulations! You two now have a powerful bond that will last for years (?).
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Post by mtnlionz » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:38 am

That's beautiful, Angela! We don't have to give up on anyone or anything.
I have to ask...what are you going to name it?

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Post by Rose of Sharon » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:55 am

Oh how cute!! I want to see pictures, too. I love the sound of little chicks peeping and peeping! I'm sure that one is in love with you, now!
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Post by AngEngland » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:26 am

I don't give up easy - that's for sure!

When I left the house an hour and a half ago it was able to hold his head almost completely straight. Sweet baby.

Haven't named him yet - Up until now I wasn't sure he (she?) wouldn't just up and die on me. Or worse - my husband would feel he was suffering too much and go "Deal" with the poor thing. I think Sidney knew if I ever named him it would be all over. hehehehe

I call him "Plucky" because of his/her attitude which would actually be a rather ironic name for a chicken. hehehehehe
All our chickens are spoiled rotten and big babies but this one will definately be the biggest pest of the entire flock! I'll try to get my camara working long enough to take some pics but I sure wish now I would have taken a "before".
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Post by Sole_Purpose » Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:27 pm

Angela! ...that is SO cool. :smt050 :smt051 ...blessings to you.

I need to see a pic of your chick!

Edit: thanks so much for sharing your amazing & powerful experience with us.

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Post by AngEngland » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:23 pm

Back at home after a full day of work and picking up the kids and dinner with the family. Plucky is RUNNING! Stretching up and flapping his little wings and all in all looking like a very healthy chicken.

He obviously had some horrid kind of pinched nerve that must have released in a big way. I'll continue working with him until I see drinking on his own.

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Post by shivashiva » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:54 pm

That is SO cool!
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Post by AnastasiaB » Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:36 am

:smt040 :smt023 My imitation of you catching Plucky for treatment now :smt117
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Post by AnastasiaB » Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:37 am

So, do we get to see a picture of the amazing Plucky? Please.....
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Post by Sole_Purpose » Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:28 pm

WE WANT PICS, WE WANT PICS, WE WANT PICS!!! :smt026

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Post by mtnlionz » Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:36 pm

:smt026 :smt026 PLUCKY PICS! PLUCKY PICS! PLUCKY PICS! :smt026 :smt026 :smt117

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Post by AngEngland » Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:12 am

**laughing** I'll have to figure out how to get my cel phone pics online because my digital camara is down. :-) He is still smaller than the other chicks...almost NO pin feathers even yet but he's eating and drinking wel on his own now.

Hmm....someone who trusts me could PM me their cell phone number. I'll text message you the pics. I can't get it them to my computer right now by any other means. *shrug* Sorry guys.

He really is pretty - completely black. And still "baby chick" fuzzy.

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Post by AngEngland » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:00 pm

OK then - I text messaged a couple pics to Kindred Spirit. If she can figure out how to get them off her phone to the computer we should be able to see the Plucky himself - in the flesh....er...feathers....*grin*

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Post by Sole_Purpose » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:27 am

I'VE GOT PLUCKY PICS! :smt026 :smt026 :smt026

I will work on getting them off of my phone and posted today sometime! He's CUTE! :smt050

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Post by Rose of Sharon » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:18 am

Oh good, I'm dying to see Plucky pics! I was kicking myself for not having a camera phone when I read that, lol!
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Post by Talenyn » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:46 am

If you're having problems let me know and I'll give it a shot. I can email the pictures from my phone to my computer and upload them. ;-)
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Post by AngEngland » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:01 am

With all the remodeling we've been doing I just can't afford to go get a new digital camara right now. So - yeah - I've been missing having a camara around!! :-(

Oh well - camara phones will work for now. *laughing* Whatever.

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Post by pueppi » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:11 am

Whooo hoo! Can't wait to see Plucky Pictures!!!
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Post by Sole_Purpose » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:52 am

Introduuuuuuucing PLUCKY, the massage miracle chick! :smt059


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Post by Sole_Purpose » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:55 am

Rose of Sharon wrote:I was kicking myself for not having a camera phone when I read that, lol!
Mine is not a camera phone but I can receive pics. My phone and computer are both bluetooth enabled, so I just needed to set all that up and get the images off my phone. Very proud of myself...otherwise was going to have to wait for hubby (aka: the Guru) to get home this evening!
Talenyn wrote:If you're having problems let me know and I'll give it a shot. I can email the pictures from my phone to my computer and upload them. ;-)
Thanks for the offer!
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