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post #11 of 18

Sounds identical to the case of Marek's we had--it was confirmed by the Dept of Agriculture.  You need to know, because if it is, in fact, Mareks you'll need to only have vaccinated birds in your flock from now on.  From all I read and studied at the time, I understood that the virus is literally impossible to get out of their environment completely and I have had that confirmed by 2 avian vets and the dept of ag vet who was wonderful about giving of his time and knowledge. 

We euthanized our boy-who was about 2 1/2 mo old at the time and absolutely gorgeous.  It killed me to do so, but he couldn't live with his legs completely uncontrollable!  In our 7-8 years of chickens I have only ever brought in 2 that weren't vaccinated and he was one of them. I even thought about it with an uneasy feeling as I was leaving the hatchery with him (as a replacement for one I had ordered but was unavailable on hatch day).  Needless to say, I will never ever do that again!

post #12 of 18
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Reply to Boskelli1571
I think it might be Botulism because it dose seem to be improving a tiny bit, and have reserched it and have been giving it a mixture of youghurt and egg yolk, whitch people say is hight in selenium which is good for it.
I am going to keep the rest of my flock away from that boggy area any way, thank you
post #13 of 18
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it could verry well be Marek's but I still have no idea, so I will keep trying to see if the treatment for botulism works, but if not I might have to pin it down to Marek's, but the bird can still walk it is just clomsey and a bit wobbly, so I think I will just have to wait and see! Thank You for your help and advice though!
post #14 of 18
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Well hello i'm sorry for not being up to date with my post, my internet has been so slow! My dear chicken seems to be on the mend with a slow recovery and I think it was Botulism, I fed her some egg with yoghurt which my mother found that someone said it worked online and then on top of that I have been giving her some garlic water and rosemary and it is working I think! I am still open to any other suggestions, thank you all for your help and advice!
post #15 of 18
I have a golden laced Wyandotte that is very frail. She's been in the house for over a week. She eats, drinks and lays eggs. I've had her feces tested and there are no parasites. She was having trouble walking, now she can't even lift her head or stand. Very sad and slow ending. Is there anything I can do to help her or end her suffering. Very sad.
post #16 of 18
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I am so sorry to hear about you hen, thet sounds alot like what happens to my chickens, I have had four get sick with it and only two of them survived, the two that didn't make it were verry old though, my most recent one that is still on the mend I have been giving it crushed garlic and ground rosemary in water, and feeding it with a dripper, I have also been feeding it one egg mixed up with two teaspoons of natural youghurt, this is hight in selenium and vitimin E, selenium just help the vitimin E absorb, and the vitimin E seems s to be what helps, I hope this is of some help to you and your girl, good luck!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by geepers6 View Post

I have a golden laced Wyandotte that is very frail. She's been in the house for over a week. She eats, drinks and lays eggs. I've had her feces tested and there are no parasites. She was having trouble walking, now she can't even lift her head or stand. Very sad and slow ending. Is there anything I can do to help her or end her suffering. Very sad.


I had a case like that. the vet gave her baytril for 6 days and within 2 weeks she returned to normal. I usually give 2 drops of baytril per 1 kg body weight (diluted with a few drops of water and syringed).

post #18 of 18

I recently had a very similar issue with one of our birds. She's about 3 years old now. We found her laying down sideways with her feet in the air shaking. Brought her in the house for about a week. She couldn't walk at all. Made her marshmallow root tea (which is an antitoxin) and had her drink it cooled down. We put it in a bowl and she just assumed it was water. Pretty sure this combined with fresh food and a clean isolated space is what helped cure her. She is back up and walking again, out with the others in the chicken coop :)

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