So I got a batch of 8 chicks from a local guy (craigslist). Only later found out the chickens were NOT what he was selling them as, and that he intentionally gave me extra roosters because he could tell them apart but I didn't know better at the time... Anyway, I digress.
Of the 8, there were 2 buff polish, 2 appenzeller spitzhauben (really they were probably silver spangled polish cross, definitely not pure spitz), 2 wheaten marans (both roos, jerk) 1 blue laced red wyandotte and 1 black copper marans (yeah, probably not).
At about 8-10 weeks 1 of the wheaten marans started growing SUPER slow, then at 12 weeks got wry neck. I thought she was a girl because *he* was so much smaller than the other, but he was just that far behind.
both of those roosters died at around 13 weeks.
a couple weeks later my polish buff hen got 1 paralyzed leg. I brought her inside. Then the other paralyzed. after 2 weeks of getting worse I finally culled her.
The female spitz (Stella) had been behaving weird, pecking at air, not walking (just staying in one place) almost like she was blind. She kept getting stuck outside the henhouse and couldnt find her way back in during the winter, so I brought her inside. She's been my house chicken since mid-January, and with extra care has been stable. Then this last weekend started getting the wry neck, it's now twisted all the way down. I'm trying very hard to keep her alive, vitamins and eye droppers full of water. My kids have grown VERY attached to her.
Is it marek's? If/when she dies my boyfriend has said we need to take her for a necropsy to find out for sure. But does that sound right?
And if the wyandotte and BCM that came with them are still healthy, are they naturally immune?