Just introduced the new batch to the adult coop today (they have been in a large brooder until today), they are in a temporary pen where they can get some exposure to the adults for several weeks before we combine them when they are of adequate size. It is pretty warm in the coop, about 80 and I know it is stressful for them to move to a new area. We have one roo in the new batch that we bought to keep the girls happy, noticed today that he isn't putting weight on his toes and his legs are very wobbly and his feet turn in when walking. I'm thinking from previous readings that this could be Mareks perhaps? Wanted to get some other opinions before doing anything darastic. Also noticed one of the other pullets in the new batch is holding her tail down and almost looks like she could be walking funny as well, but she has feathered feet so it is hard to tell. I'm hoping perhaps they are just warm, thirsty (they discovered their water after an hour), and stressed, but the little roosters legs seems pretty bad. He has eaten, but hasn't taken a drink. We didn't notice this before while he was in the brooder, would stress bring something like Mareks disease on? Not the cause of it, but for the symptoms to appear if that haven't been seen before? He seemed fine yesterday, and so did the other pullet. Very concerned on what to do, remove the two from the group? Will it spread to the others, and possibly to our adults even thought they are separated by a wired fencing? What should I do?
Edited by BeccaSmith - 4/21/12 at 3:09pm