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Need help with determining that is causing this - can I help her?

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We were on vacation last week with a house sitter.  She  texted me that my 2 year old hen was limping, then another text that she was getting worse.  My neighbor came over to check her out but could not find anything. We arrived home and saw that she cannot stand,  She is alert.  We have isolated her,  have given her food and water. The other 5 hens seem healthy, but worried.  Does anyone have an idea of what might be causing this?  

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You will likely get better response on the Emergency and Illness thread.

 

A lot of things could be going on from injury to illness...we would need more info and some photos if possible.

 

Things to check would be...is she eating/drinking (you've offered...is she actually eating/drinking)? Does her poo look normal? Are there any other symptoms such as runny nose, rattling, nicking, sneezing?

 

It could be vitamin deficiency to injury to coccidiosis dehydration to marek's.

 

More info and assessment would be necessary.

 

I'll link the appropriate thread below.

 

Good luck with her and figuring out what is going on. Hopefully it isn't too serious, but any time a hen limps, then stops walking well but remains bright and alert Marek's leaps to the forefront in my mind.

 

LofMc

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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My mind always leaps to Marek's as well  when I hear those symptoms.  Hope she has a good outcome.

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