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My chicken will not walk

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It has been 7 days since we found our 3 year old Leghorn in her nesting box.  She had been there all day.  The other two left the coup to scratch for the day and she never left the nesting box.  We examined her and could find nothing wrong-nothing appeared broken or injured.  When we put her down on the ground she would not walk. She kept her legs drawn up under her. She would not clutch a roosting pole.  We removed her from our coup and made a temporary space for her.  She will eat and drink if the food and water is put in front of her but will not even turn her head to reach for food in a bowl.  She has not walked in a week.  We have never owned chickens before so are at a loss on what to do.  The local tractor supply said she caught some disease from opossum droppings and probably has worms in her brain and will not recover.  

 

Any one have any ideas?

post #2 of 6
Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! I would hazard a guess at her possibly being broody. Is she grumpy if you go near her? Here is an article on broody hens ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/broody-hens
Have a read to see if these signs tie up with your hen.
post #3 of 6
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She is not grumpy at all. She continues to sit in the same place and poop there so her underside is a mess.

post #4 of 6
It's possible that she has Mareks. It's a long recovery if she has it, and there is the possibility that she won't recover if the paralysis goes to her neck. She needs to be separate from the rest of the flock (though if she has it, they've already been exposed), she needs food and water right in front of her and I would add vitamins to her water too.
I also suggest you search Mareks on BYC and read up on it. You will need the information!
Edited by Bridebeliever - 11/16/15 at 12:45pm

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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That is  possible based on what I have read today.  I am at work but will check her eyes when I get home in couple of hours.  I understand their pupils turn grey as an indication.  If she does have mareks how does this impact my other two chickens?  

post #6 of 6
Did you have any of them vaccinated? It's very contagious. It's like the herpes virus in humans. Once they have it, they always have it and can transmit it to other chickens. So if you bring new chicks in to your flock you will have to have them vaccinated for Merek's. There's a lot of info. on BYC but I'm rather new with chickens myself and everything I'm telling you I've read here, I haven't actually experienced it with my chickens. I did have all of my chicks vaccinated though. It's not saying they can't come down with it but with the vaccine they should be able to survive it. Merek's is highly contagious and you will have it on your clothes and shoes from just going out to their coop.

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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