Originally Posted by appychick
A newbie Polish question....I only have a few standard Polish,started out with 6, so had them separate in a crate. Three had large crests but no vision problems yet & 3 had smaller crests. I lost the one with largest crest suddenly. Then next largest crested one acted like it had been injured,wobbly so isolated it & finally after a week of tlc it suddenly worsened & died. Now the third one with the large crest is acting weaker so isolated it & it does well on anti-inflammatories as needed so put it back with the others. Are Polish suseptible to head injuries like Silkies ? These are hatchery origin vaccinated chicks ~ 6 weeks old. They appeared fine until they started "playing & jumping" so am suspecting injury instead of disease as they seem to respond to anti-inflammatories. They are getting fed 20% protein FlockRaiser & starting to eat veggie & fruit treats. Do they need more protein? They have a pop bottle water cup on cage door & cage cup feeder so shouldn't injure themselves on that. I am not sure what I might be doing wrong .....Just wondering if they might be bumping their heads when playing ? ( I have 5 bantam Polish,same age & origin, in cage with assorted breeds & not a single problem with those yet...)
I doubt three bumped their head playing and got injured. Were they exposed to your flock, or dust or dander from your flock before they were 2 weeks old? If so, you may have a different problem. Was it directly from the hatchery to you? Or from someone who claimed they were vaccinated? If they are about 6 weeks old, and then get wobbly, can't walk or aren't really eating, or eating and wasting anyway, it sounds like Marek's. Or something in their environment. Or coccidiosis.