I found one of my six week RIR cockerels flopping around on the ground today. He just can't stand up has lost all use of his legs. He was fine last night when I put them to bed. I fed him some electrolytes with a syringe and got him to eat a little chick grower. Can anyone tell me what is wrong with him the others seem fine.
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Some of the possibilities could be dehydration, coccidiosis, Mareks disease, botulism,or a vitamin deficiency. Was he vaccinated for Mareks? Could he have eaten part of a dead animal or maggots that could have contained botulism toxin? Can he move his toes or legs? Give him the electrolytes and vitamin by dipping his beak into a small cup, and you can get him to eat some chick crumbles made wet with water. Is he having any diarrhea or blood in his droppings? Place him in a box with food and water close to him. If he seems cold, he might need some extra heat.
I hatched him and 24 more in my incubator, and he has only been in the brooder and chicken tractor since he was hatched. He's had plenty of food and water and meds and electrolytes. As for Mareks I haven't vaccinated him for that. Where can I get vaccine to use for that?
It would be too late to vaccinate, since it is recommended at 1 day old before they enter their home environment where the diseases can be common.You can purchase the vaccine at many online shops including Jefferspet.com. It comes in 1000 dose vials, so it has to be used within 30 min-1 hour of opening. Many will vaccinate their chicks at hatch and keep them inside for 2 full weeks so they can become fully immune. The hatcheries have the best vaccines available apparently. Is he actively drinking well? I would bring him inside to make sure that he is eating/drinking. If he should die or you cull, you may want to get a necropsy by your state vet to look for Mareks, since it might not be that. Here is contact info for that: http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
Here is some reading about Mareks disease: