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post #11 of 18
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Nothing like that, she is breathing normally, it's just that she can't stay upright for longer than like 30 seconds. She was totally normal this morning, although she has been a little aloof from the rest of the flock for about a week. Eating and drinking normally... when I got home from work she had put herself to bed in the coop, but she was trying to cram herself in the corner. When I went to see what was wrong, I picked her up and moved her back a little, then realized she couldn't stand properly. I didn't know Marek's could strike that quickly, and she was vaccinated as a chick. I have never seen a chicken sleep with their heads pointed up, so now I'm really worried.

Proud farm mama of 50 assorted chickens, 5 goats, 1 sheep, 1 alpaca, 12 ducks, 1 turkey, & 2 giant rabbits - and that's just outside. 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 ferret, lots of fish, and oh ya, 1 patient husband inside.

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Proud farm mama of 50 assorted chickens, 5 goats, 1 sheep, 1 alpaca, 12 ducks, 1 turkey, & 2 giant rabbits - and that's just outside. 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 ferret, lots of fish, and oh ya, 1 patient husband inside.

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post #12 of 18

what breed of  chicken is she?  I ask because it sounds alot like "silkie syndrome"  , falling over, wry neck,  it can be caused by nutrient deficiencies or  blow to the head - silkies with vaulted skulls are especially prone because the skull isn't closed over on top. They are usually treated with polyvisol (NO IRON) infant drops, vit. e (drops squeezed from a capsule),  and    oh, I can't remember what else.

You might want to check out wry neck etc. they hold their necks and head in odd positions or it can droop to the ground, walking backwards etc.  In any case the polyvisol etc. wouldn't hurt her.

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post #13 of 18
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She is a light Brahma. I can't imagine she's nutrient deficient, we give her organic feed with a healthy helping of leafy greens and other nutritious treats... pretty sure we have the most spoiled chickens in all of Washington state. Haven't noticed her walking backwards, just the marked weakness on her left side... I will definitely research the polyvisol though (since I have two silkies!)

Proud farm mama of 50 assorted chickens, 5 goats, 1 sheep, 1 alpaca, 12 ducks, 1 turkey, & 2 giant rabbits - and that's just outside. 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 ferret, lots of fish, and oh ya, 1 patient husband inside.

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Proud farm mama of 50 assorted chickens, 5 goats, 1 sheep, 1 alpaca, 12 ducks, 1 turkey, & 2 giant rabbits - and that's just outside. 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 ferret, lots of fish, and oh ya, 1 patient husband inside.

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post #14 of 18
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She passed during the night. Now I don't know what to think about Marek's, both of her feet were pointing down, parallel to each other. I'm worried about the rest of the flock.

Proud farm mama of 50 assorted chickens, 5 goats, 1 sheep, 1 alpaca, 12 ducks, 1 turkey, & 2 giant rabbits - and that's just outside. 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 ferret, lots of fish, and oh ya, 1 patient husband inside.

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Proud farm mama of 50 assorted chickens, 5 goats, 1 sheep, 1 alpaca, 12 ducks, 1 turkey, & 2 giant rabbits - and that's just outside. 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 ferret, lots of fish, and oh ya, 1 patient husband inside.

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post #15 of 18

Sorry for your loss and having to experience the hardship.

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Just Do It!

 

If you don't do it you won't become it

And if you try to fake it you will just be a liar

 

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post #16 of 18

I am seeing something similar where affected birds appear drunk but will still feed and drink.  It appears seasonal in nature occuring about this each year.  I suspect migrating songbirds are the vector since I see similarly affected or dead songbirds where they hang out during day.

I have not culled affected birds and all so far have recovered each time despite when condition worse birds could not even fly up to roost.  Once I get a better handle on this, culling of affected burds will be done.

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post #17 of 18

Any ideas? Ive got a sick wyandotte bantom - one of flock of 5 hens

in adelaide, Australia so weather has been perfect for happy chickens lately
just over 1 year old
first symptons yesterday afternoon (15 hours ago)
started with poor balance, lethargic -
was eating fine - wheat, grass, fruit, bread scraps

this morning she didnt get up with the others - crop is still quite full but not hard or lumpy
hasnt passed any significant poop - what there has been has been small, whitish with small amounts of greens
vent has been a bit dirty - have since cleaned - gave her a warm bath
abdomen seems a bit swollen, thought maybe egg bound? massaged abdomen, lubricated vent.. generally undistressed
vent puckering a little - small amount of white discharge
this bird has always had egg issues - most of her first eggs were laid without shells - but see soon got over it
she has still struggled to lay - seems to be a big deal compared to her siblings & mates
eating fine this morning - yoghurt and grains
balance and energy getting worse - closes eyes frequently

any ideas appreciated..

post #18 of 18

My brahma is doing the same thing.  I thought she had sour crop, but now her head won't hold up & her beak is pointed to the ceiling.  I am so upset, I can't seem to help her.  I tried a few different procedures.  Poor thing has her eyes shut and doesn't hardly open them, she will not eat or drink by herself  - I've been feeding her with a syringe and now all hope seems lost for her. :(

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