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Chicken not waking correctly...advice please

post #1 of 6
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She is about 8 months old. I have 9 chickens and get 7-8 eggs a day. Yesterday I only got 5. She was acting fine yesterday. I went to coop this am and noticed her walking like this. She's interested in food. Has poop on her backend feathers and her vent is clear. Her abdomen feels soft.
post #2 of 6

She appears to be walking on her hocks or elbows. Does she move her toes, or are her toes curled under? I would quickly get her on some poultry vitamins in her water or B Complex vitamins (make sure they contain riboflavin) in case she has a vitamin deficiency. Was she vaccinated for Mareks disease? Have you added any new birds to your flock recently? She may have riboflavin deficiency (hopefully, but i would also worry that she may be developing Mareks symptoms. Here is some reading for you:

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/

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

 

 

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post #3 of 6
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Thank you. I have not added any new birds. She moves her toes and does not curl them under. They appear normal. She was vaccinated for Mareks
post #4 of 6

That is good to know. Is she low in the pecking order where she may be dehydrated or kept from food? If it is riboflavin deficiency, the sooner the treatment is started the better the chances of helping. I would also take a look at her leg joints for any swelling or bruising. Keep us posted.

post #5 of 6
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Do you think it would hurt to soak her? Just in case she is egg bound? This is my first go at having chickens.
post #6 of 6

You should be able to feel inside her vent with one finger (wear a rubber glove) an inch or so inside the vent, to feel for a stuck egg. Then if you feel an egg, you can give her a calcium tablet or Tums orally, and place her in a warm humid room, such as a bathroom sink on a towel, where you have run a hot shower.  That is less stressful that a bath if she is sick. If no egg is felt, she probably is not egg bound.


Edited by Eggcessive - 2/6/16 at 3:17pm
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