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Sick laying hen

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Went out to let her out Monday morning she was not on the perch with the rest of them was sitting on the floor of the coop. She went out with the rest of them but could not jump up on the perch that evening.soaked in vinegar and water had poop stuck to her bottom. She had a large raw spot under her tail,put bag balm on it.she has been pooping but not like she should be. Was eating and drinking but getting harder for her to move. This morning can't move anything but her head.
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Went out to let her out Monday morning she was not on the perch with the rest of them was sitting on the floor of the coop. She went out with the rest of them but could not jump up on the perch that evening.soaked in vinegar and water had poop stuck to her bottom. She had a large raw spot under her tail,put bag balm on it.she has been pooping but not like she should be. Was eating and drinking but getting harder for her to move. This morning can't move anything but her head.
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How old is she? So, she cannot move her legs and feet or wings at all? That sounds a bit like possible botulism, a disease from eating a toxin found in decaying animal or vegetation remains and maggots on them. It can progress quickly tothe neck and breathing muscles. How is she at the moment? Can she eat and drink? Was she vaccinated for Mareks disease? Are the other chickens alright?
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She is three years old. She is still alive but she's not eating or will drink anything and can't seem to move anything but her head she hasn't been vaccinated for anything the other hens that were with her seem to be doing just fine. I do not give them any kind of meat or anything but do give them leftover vegetable
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Botulism usually progresses fast within  day or so. If it is that she needs to be hand fed or tube fed fluids and ground feed. Check the feed for mold or a bad odor which can cause illness. With Mareks disease, it can progress quickly in some cases, but in others the chick may eat and drink normally. I would send in her body to the state vet for a necropsy of she should die. The body should be refrigerated and shipped on ice or dry ice. 

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Symptoms are like Mareks but hen is three years old. Started showing signs on Monday it's now Saturday. How long does it take? Live in Florida was told they don't do necropsy on sick chickens
Edited by amyloo61 - 4/30/16 at 5:51am
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