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Just an update ;) We are pretty sure at this point that this is indeed Marek's. We could try testing, but at this point nothing could be done. Everyone is still hanging in there. I got in touch with a Marek's researcher at NCSU. Here's what she said:
Pullet #1 (Columbian Wyandotte) three weeks ago lying down fluffed out, also limping on one foot. Put her in a cage for 2 weeks, out this week, now doing better - walking slowly, resting a lot, but no limp and can go up and down ramp. Today she is still very tired - but still seems better than before. No limping, happy, eating, drinking, pooping fine, just lies down a lot. She seems to be on the upswing of this thing after 3 weeks. Today she still has a slight limp, but took her first dirt bath in several weeks! Yeah Christie!!! She still lies down a lot, but not nearly as much as she used to. No scratching the ground yet, but we are happy with the progress.
Pullet # 2 (Golden laced Wyandotte) four days ago began falling down, drunkenly lurching around. Very sassy and full of herself, but can't walk straight and sometimes falls backwards with feet out front. No improvement yet, but eating, drinking, preening, pooping fine. Still no change for this girl. She and Pullet #3 are isolated in a dog crate, as they don't walk very well. Still sassy and eating, just having walking trouble. Nancy is still one of the head hens. Despite her drunken stagger, she scratches, pecks, and pushes everyone around. We feel she is not falling quite as much as she did last week.
Pullet # 3 (Delaware) Lying down all day on side, usually with a leg hanging out. Wings sagging a bit, seems a bit disoriented, walks carefully. This is actually the most worrisome girl, because her whole personality seems a bit depressed. Her wings hang when she stands, though she can flap them fine. She is stumbling a bit when she walks. Eating, drinking, pooping, preening fine. Frass is still lying down most of the time. Her wings are still weak, and she walks very carefully, swaying when she stands. But she seems more alert, and happily pecks at treats. No scratching, but she gets up for water and food.
Pullet # 4 New girl as of yesterday. Not sure if she fits into the sick category (yet). She started having what appeared to be neck tremors/spasms. These stopped immediately upon hypericum doseage. No additional attacks so we are just keeping an eye on her now. Agatha never had another attack that we've seen, so we've taken her off hypericum after 3 days.
Pullet # 5 (Cuckoo Maran) Amelia was swaying on her feet and sat back on her bum. Looked weak. Gave hypericum and it immediately stopped. Treated two days and never had another issue.
One last update. All three are doing well! The first, the Columbian Wyandotte, is pretty much normal. The second, the Golden Laced Wyandotte, still has toes that seem paralyzed, but her legs are doing much better. She still acts normal, just compensates for lack of balance by leaning forward a lot. The last and sickest, my Delaware, is doing great - still lifts her legs high when she walks, but I'm not sure if she still has some issues or if that just became a habit.
And even better, they all started laying eggs!
I've have two since then start limping. Both got the homeopathic meds immediately, along with 2ml of tums (1 reg tums crushed in a cup of water). Not sure which helped, but both cleared up in a day.