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leg injury has 2 of my hens laying on their sides

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sorry if this is short 3rd attempt at typing this out and not getting it posted before something crashes.

 

ok 3 days ago i found 2 of my hens rhode island red bantams 13 weeks old was laying on their sides with their legs stuck out and the other chickens were pecking at their leg. I removed them from the others soon as i saw this., They had noticable injury on their legs it was missing feather but not a lot of blood. I kinda think they scratched each other and then the other chickens started pecking their injuries. they both were able to make it in thier house at night and back out in the morning. Their house is 3 feet off the ground and requires them to climb a long board to get in.  They can move the hurt leg. They are eating and drinking and pooing fine. I have been putting neosporin on the legs a starting giving them metronidazole antibiotic yesterday. All the other chickens are acting fine. These have been a brooder box for 3 days now. I don't think is Mareks because there are able to move both legs well just seems to be really sore to them. They don't seem to be getting any worse or any better in the 3 days i been treating them. Any suggestions on what else to do or might be wrong? 


Edited by Elvis213 - 10/2/15 at 10:58am
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Well starting to second guess the leg injuries. The are missing feathers from their legs from the pecking but there really is not any bleeding. Noticed legs are shaking. Still eating and drinking poo is little oily and little bit of white sometimes. I think i saw  one of them had a just a very little blood in her poo last night. What can i get from tractor supply to give them for b12 or cocc? they can kick and move the legs fine just not walking on them. I have 14 other RIR batams and the are all acting fine. I have never given them any vitimins or anything just the dumour food. 


Edited by Elvis213 - 10/2/15 at 1:02pm
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Corid or amprollium is what you need if you want to treat for coccidiosis. Symptoms are lethargy, weakness, hunched posture or puffing up, diarrhea or blood in poops, and poor appetite. Mareks can strike in younger chickens, and symptoms can vary in all cases. You may want to watch them for a few days, or treat them if you think cocci is a problem. Can you place them in with the other chickens, separate with a small fence or gate?

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started them on rooster booster b12 and corid last night. One is doing better but the other is not improving yet. I have spent like $65 in two days trying to figure this out but i have no idea what i am doing. Frustration starting to mount. Not sure if I am doing any good or not. they have relaxed thier legs since the b12 and have started to bicycle kick them more but still can walk. Do they ussally survive Mareks this long?They have been in their brooder box laying on their sides for 4 days now.

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