1 year old hen seems like she cant see

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by csmack71, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. csmack71

    csmack71 Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning I went out to check on my hens and noticed one was not outside. She eventually stumbled out and I noticed she seems to have her head cocked to one side and her feathers on her head seemed like they were all brushed to one side. I then proceeded to give them their treats (dried meal worm) and they all go in a frenzy as usuall except for her. She acts like she cant see them, when I try to feed her by hand she acts not interested. There is no obvious trauma. She dosen't seem steady on her feet. I brought her indoors and set up a little area in the garage for her with food and water. We live in the Pacific NW so it's kind of cold out here. Not sure whats going on with her. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Can you look at both eyes to see if the color is the same, and that the pupil is round and equal size in both eyes? Are her eyes cloudy? Is her head still cocked to one side. That sounds like it could be wry neck or torticolis. It can be a sign of head or neck injury, caused by heredity, and also can be a sign of certain diseases, such as Mareks or severe infections. Was she vaccinated for Mareks disease? Keep her food and water close to her, and try to get her to eat and drink by offering her the food and water up to her. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance from an illness can also cause these signs, so make sure that she is taking fluids.
     
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    csmack71 Out Of The Brooder

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    She was vaccinated. I have put her food and water close to her. I will try to get her to drink. Thanks For The information.
     
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    csmack71 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry I meant to say she was NOT vaccinated.
     
  5. Eggcessive

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    You should start her on poultry vitamins in the water for vitamin E and thiamine, and give some selenium (egg, canned tuna, ground meat or nuts all contain it.) Some poultry vitamin tonics such as Poultry Cell and Poultry Nutri-Drench contain all three. That can help the wry neck symptoms. Here are some good links below to read about Mareks, and I hope that is not what is going on, and it could be other things:
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/disease/Marek's_Disease

    Here are some links about wry neck:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Crookneck/Crookneck.html
    http://oureggbasket.blogspot.com/2013/04/wry-neck-or-crook-neck-understanding-it.html
     
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    Turns out my chicken does have Mareks. She hasn't eat in in a week and drinks very little from our palm. Is there any humane way she can be out down?
     
  7. KayTee

    KayTee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you certain that it's Mareks? Have you taken her to a vet?
    If she has not eaten in a week and you are certain that there is no hope of recovery (for example by tube feeding her) then it would definitely be better to euthanise her than to let her starve to death.
    If you feel strong enough to do it yourself (with someone to help) then a swift chop from a very sharp axe does not cause a great deal of suffering, but you have to be very certain and firm in what you do, and be prepared to hold the body for 30 seconds or more as it spasms after death. If this seems too much for you to cope with (and I fully understand why it would be) then take her to a vet who will inject her so that you can hold her as she passes.
     

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