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Sudden paralysis can be cause by either toxins, viral, bacteria infection or trauma to the spine.  The bad smell could be infection-check her closely for wounds-infected crop or system shutdown.  If you are so inclined take your chicken to a vet for evaluation to determine exactly what is wrong with your chicken. Veterinary care should include radiographs and bloodwork.  Otherwise provide supportive care, feed her, clean her and keep her warm.  Unfortunately, since it has been three days with no improvement her prognosis is poor.  You'll have to make the difficult decision to end her life.

 

When I find a healthy chicken who has collapsed suddenly I do a thorough hands-on exam.  I look for bruised skin, wounds and missing feathers.  You mentioned a dog.  Your canine might have snatched her and gave her one good shake which could have snapped her spine and paralyzed her.  Or the hen could have taken a flying leap and landed in such a manner that she injured her spine.  Or she could have eaten something (rotten meat/garbage/toxic plant) that stopped kidney function and thus her entire body shutdown.  In certain cases I will tube feed an ill chicken a product called Toxiban.  It is a liquid designed to absorb certain toxins and correct certain metabolic imbalances.  

 

Just a few things to think about.  

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

dog doesn't have access to them directly he just annoys them through the run, im not ready yet o end her life as she seems alert, I will try toxiban though thanks

post #13 of 15
Good luck!!!
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

day 4 and still not moving or eating/drinking but has this morning laid an egg??? 

post #15 of 15
As suggested it sounds like your chicken has a nerve injury. Feel from neck down and see anything feels off. You may not find anything but if your bird is permenatly paralyzed it will not survive.
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