Year old Buff Orpington, kneel bone is prominent.
2) What is the behavior, exactly.
Was broody now acts like her legs are paralyzed. Compensates with her wings. Barely eating. Not drinking water!
Broody- she was making growling noise when taken off gaurd. Wings out-puffed up. Sat in the nest box for two days. Went to go get her to try the cold water method to break the brood and she was sitting at the bottom of the ramp. I called her and she tried to hobble to me. I brought her in made a sling and investigated her legs- no noticeable sign of injury her reflexes seem fine- she wobbles and can't stand on them. She is talkative still and was happy to eat peanuts and cottage cheese and a yoke but won't take anything else. Especially resentful towards water which is a pain because I am worried about dehydration. Trying to alternate between offering electrolytes with vitamins in it incase she is deficient, and water (maybe she doesn't like the taste) but she won't drink either one.
3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
Noticeable broody since Sunday, acting paralysed since yesterday.
4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? Nope
5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. Nope
6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
My theory is she went broody didn't eat, got malnourished and lost function in her legs.
7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
Had access to layer pellets and water while broody, shelled peanuts as a treat. Since I brought her in I have offered her: cucumber and tomatoe -she didn't eat it. Was eager to eat cooked oats,peanuts, cottage cheese and egg yolk.
8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
Rarely pooping- stinky when she does (broody)
One poop since last night.
9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
Suspended in a crate sling, with water and food. Trying to up her vitamin levels and give her some water. Washed her back side with cool water- no sign of being bound.
10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
Would like to treat her at home. Struggling with getting her to eat and drink. Hoping to break the brood, get her nourished and hoping that will elevate the leg issues.
11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Will do
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
Synthetic fabric shirt with holes cut into it for her legs slung over a crate- will post picture.
Overall I am wondering if my diagnosis sounds right, or if I have a more sever problem on my hands. I would like to get her up and well as soon as possible so any help would be greatly appreciated. I hate seeing my chicks in pain or struggling to move. Also I called the person I got her from and they said she was vaccinated for mericks. No sign of mites, or worms. Thank you for reading.