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Leg/ gait problem

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This chick is approximately 20wks old. I first noticed it secluding itself from the rest of the flock around July 6th which was a couple of days after we had our meat chicks butchered. I don't know if this one got injured when we were rounding the meat chicks up, or if this is something else. I've researched everything I could think of, and I haven't found anything similar. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with this chick other than it secludes itself from the others, and it's obvious gait issue. The chick eats and drinks without any problems, and doesn't appear to be in any distress. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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Was your pullet vaccinated for Mareks disease? She does have a funny gait, almost like she can't feel her feet. Injuries are so much more common than a disease, so for now I would just watch her. I would start some poultry vitamins that contain minerals in her water, or give her some directly by mouth.  Vitamin deficiencies can cause walking on hocks, curled under toes, and other problems. Mineral deficiencies such as calcium or phosphorous can cause problems too.


Edited by Eggcessive - 9/27/15 at 7:07pm
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Thank you so much for your response. No, my chicks were not vaccinated. I had researched Mareks, and I honestly thought that if this were the case with her, that she would've died by now. I couldn't feel any lumps or other deformities or anything remarkable on her at all. She doesn't squawk when I manipulate her legs or feel her joints. My chicks have always had a vitamin/ electrolyte mix added to their water, and I also add a vitamin powder to their food (I can't remember the name). I think this chick either got injured the day we gathered the meat chicks, it is a congenital issue that I didn't notice before, or she is at the bottom of the pecking order and got injured from the other hens. I'm just not sure if there's anything I can do about it at this point. It seems that everything is shifted to her left. She lays more on her left side than straight up and down. I just feel bad that she's always laying by herself.
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