2 week old Standard Brahma with Lameness/Balance issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by boxerpupmom1127, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. boxerpupmom1127

    boxerpupmom1127 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All!

    We just got our girls 2 weeks ago from a breeder and over the past week I've noticed our light standard brahma has started to have balance issues. All our girls are different breeds with the same hatch date and were kept together. None of the others exhibit any of her symptoms. She loses balance easily when the others touch her. She prefers to squat or lay in the brooder. She does eat, drink, poop and seems to be interested in scratching if the others are doing it but if she stands still she is very wobbly. She also appears to not extend her legs up to a full standing position. We inspected her today and can't see any visible injury to her legs and there is no known trauma she may have experienced. She doesn't appear to be in pain. They are all on medicated feed and have been vaccinated for Mareks. We have no idea what to do for her. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry cant help but my post will make you most recent on new post list
     
  3. IrishAcreFarm

    IrishAcreFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chick a few weeks ago who also was a little imbalanced. Never really sure why. Another BYC member suggested vitamins to help in case it was a deficiency, and it helped!! We also seperated her for a few days. Hope this helps your little one! I used save-a-chick vitamin. The only thing is, is that vitamin supplements may make them more prone to coccidia, so keep things nice and clean for the short time she is on it. If she worsens, stop the vitamins immediatly, and check back in. :)
     
  4. boxerpupmom1127

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    Thank you IrishAcreFarm! Would her susceptibility to cocci be lessened because she is on medicated food? We keep our brooder very clean but just wondering for peace of mind. I will pick up save-a-chick tomorrow.
     
  5. IrishAcreFarm

    IrishAcreFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are very welcome! This was the advice I got, and it was so helpful!! I think you should be ok with the vitamins, mine were. :) The problem with vitamins is that it conteracts the medicated feeds, so if your chickies are outside where there could be cocci, they wouldnt be as well protected. I decided to take the risk since my babies were still in a nice clean brooder, and I had no problems :)
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I might add that, to the best of my knowledge, Save-a-Chick is mainly electrolytes, not vitamins. I do know that it has some vitamins in it, but its main purpose is an electrolyte. So, the Coccidiosis risk is not increased that much.

    I have never had a problem with Coccidiosis, and I have used Save-a-Chick for all of my chicks, until they were eight weeks old or older. I second the fact, though, that the benefits of medicated feed are negated by too many vitamins. Still, I would not expect any problems when using vitamins.

    Personally, I'd get some polyvisol infant vitamins without iron. These vitamins are more concentrated, and would give your chicken more immediate relief if she has a vitamin deficiency. Give 1-2 drops per day, and this should help.
     
  7. boxerpupmom1127

    boxerpupmom1127 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I administer the polyvisol directly in her mouth or as an additive to water? I remember buying this at WalMart for my children when they were infants so I'll check there. It would be good to have on hand in any event.
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes you can give it directly by mouth or in food or yogurt.
     
  9. boxerpupmom1127

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    Thank you!!
     
  10. boxerpupmom1127

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    Update from today~

    "Big D" has now had 2 Poly-vi-sol treatments and I think she is doing better. I watched her stand (not solidly) for at least 5 minutes and eat and she is continuing to drink water...all good signs. Balance is still off and it appears she is favoring her right side. Her development is still behind compared to the others. She is very alert when awake but prefers to sleep or lay and watch the other girls and she is still about half the size they are. The others are going through their 1st "mini molt" but she still has her baby fuzz. Just to be on the safe side I did take a fecal sample to the vet and am waiting on those results. Fingers crossed!!

    This is a video I took of her earlier this afternoon.
     
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