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My Husbands Chicken Is Paralyzed!

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Sunday my husbands chicken got into spoiled trash and ate god knows what. He was wobbly that day kinda losing balance. Yesterday I came home and found him laying down in the coop, unable to stand or walk. I immediately started giving her water. She got worse through the night. Her eyes were shut and shed just lay there like she was dead. She would not even lift her head. I continued giving her water with probiotics. Now I have her alert, holding her neck and head up. She has ate some apples and scrambled eggs and has her eyes opened looking at me. She even flopps her wings around and tries to move now but she still cant use her legs. Has anyone else experienced this?
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I hope someone will chime in here and help you with this. :hugs

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Sunday my husbands chicken got into spoiled trash and ate god knows what. He was wobbly that day kinda losing balance. Yesterday I came home and found him laying down in the coop, unable to stand or walk. I immediately started giving her water. She got worse through the night. Her eyes were shut and shed just lay there like she was dead. She would not even lift her head. I continued giving her water with probiotics. Now I have her alert, holding her neck and head up. She has ate some apples and scrambled eggs and has her eyes opened looking at me. She even flopps her wings around and tries to move now but she still cant use her legs. Has anyone else experienced this?

Welcome to BYC. So sorry about your chicken. How does her crop feel? Is it soft and full or hard? Does it empty by morning? Botulism can cause the symptoms you are seeing, but it usually is caused by a toxin from eating a dead animal carcass or the maggots on those or dead vegetation that has been without air for some time. I doubt if eating trash would have caused those symptoms, unless there was something poisonous in there. Mareks disease, eating moldy food, or lead poisoning could cause the leg weakness, and using wings to balance. For now I would probably make sure she can reach food and water, check her crop in the morning in case she ate something that impacted her crop, and probably keep her inside to watch her closely. It is probably too late to give her medicines to flush out any poison since it has been a couple of days, but epsom salts or molasses flushes are commonly used right after eating something poisonous. Here is some info on Mareks disease in case she wasn't vaccinated for it, and please let us know how she is doing:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf

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My chicken started walking today and this came out of her.She has not started laying eggs yet so this is the first. Looks really old to me.
Edited by CinderellaChick - 9/30/15 at 1:56pm
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Is the egg hard or soft shelled? Can you cut it open and take another picture? Is the wet stuff egg albumen or just watery poo? That may have been why she was so ill. How is she doing overall--is she alert and active now, eating and drinking? Here is an excerpt below from the Mareks faq link above about egg binding and hypocalcemia causing sudden lameness which might account for her sick spell:

 

  • Egg Binding is obviously only a concern in hens, but an egg bound hen will often squat, lay down, act lethargic, and seem as if she can not use her legs properly. She may waddle, or fall over easily, or use her wings for balance. Severe egg binding or internal laying and other reproductive problems can also cause a hen to "walk like a penguin". If you have a hen displaying ANY of these signs, it is important to check her for egg binding right away before trying any other treatments. Egg bound hens must be assisted quickly as they can die rapidly depending on where the egg is. A cloacal exam may be necessary. Though this seems rude, it may save her life. Using a glove and a lubricated finger, feel inside and up her vent to see if you can feel an egg. More information and treatment: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-egg-binding-causes-symptoms.html
  • Hypocalcemia / Layer Fatigue is another problem that is only a concern in hens. A pullet or hen that becomes very suddenly paralyzed may be experiencing this condition. It arises from hypocalcemia (extreme lack of calcium) while her body is putting the shell on her egg during her egg laying cycle. Even hens that are being supplemented with calcium in their diets can experience this either due to lack of uptake in calcium (osteoporosis), simply not eating the supplied calcium, or from a lack of phosphorus or vitamin D3 which are both essential in the proper processing of calcium in her body. Death can occur rapidly. If this condition is suspect, offering a large and immediate dose of calcium can save the hen's life. Crushed calcium tablets (such as Tums), crushed oystershell or even limestone can be fed directly. This condition is more often seen in production breeds such as red sex-links, ISA browns, etc. More reading on this and long term care:http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/poultry/disorders_of_the_reproductive_system/hypocalcemia_sudden_death_osteoporosis_or_cage_layer_fatigue_poultry.html
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