1 week chick no balance/eyes closed!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spinellis01, May 21, 2011.

  1. spinellis01

    spinellis01 New Egg

    May 21, 2011
    My chicks arrived this past wednesday, one of the five hens CANNOT sit down and rarely bends to eat because she falls over and cannot get up on her own. Her posture is more vertical than the other chicks and legs are often hyperextended. She regurally has violent head shakes and stands uneasily with her EYES CLOSED and constant chirping as if in pain.

    I placed my order for her to be vaccinated and they are all eating medicated chick feed. Could it be a disease?


    thank you
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  2. spinellis01

    spinellis01 New Egg

    May 21, 2011
    Any advise would be appreciated![​IMG]
  3. bkwurth

    bkwurth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bump. Hope someone can help you.
  4. corvidae

    corvidae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2011
    I'm a nurse, not a vet, so I'm no expert on chicks. However, if this were a human, those would be pretty clear cut neuro symptoms--head injury sort of deal. I hope someone else has something more clear cut or useful to you. [​IMG]
  5. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Did you have her vaccinated for Mareks? It sounds like that's what she has (or it could a million other things) but if we're looking at diseases, she sounds like she has the neurological form of Mareks. With any vaccination there is a chance of developing the actual disease from the shot, this could have happened to her. I'm really sorry, the prognosis is rarely good if it is Mareks. Some people have been able to save their chickens from it but they turn out to be carriers of the disease and can infect others, or have lasting problems from having gone through the ordeal.

    Really sorry to hear this little one is having this problem. I hope I'm wrong and she has something that a good does of vitamins could cure.

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