4 1/2 month old BO not able to use one leg, not broken: see video

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NewChickenMamma, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. NewChickenMamma

    NewChickenMamma Hatching

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    yesterday morning she was unable/unwilling to use legs, both were stuck straight out in front and she was sitting back on her vent. i thought it she was eggbound with a first egg, but i felt around her belly and felt nothing. she was not eating or drinking yesterday and was looking around like she was in a daze, making front to back motions with her head. today she is able to fold one leg underneath like normal, she is eating and drinking and more alert. she does have green diarhea. her leg is not broken or dislocated, it moves if we move it for her. but she is not able or willing to tuck it underneath her and bear weight on it.

    here is a video



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    thanks for your help
     
  2. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

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    I can't help you, but I hope you get a response soon. Poor chicken!
     
  3. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    Looks like classic Mareks Disease paralysis. I'm very sorry. If you search the forum for "mareks" you'll find a great deal of info on the disease and what it means for other chickens in your flock.
     
  4. NewChickenMamma

    NewChickenMamma Hatching

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    well it looks like she's sitting on top of both of her legs now which is a great sign! no more leg sticking straight out. i think she's going to make it out the other side. now we just have to watch the our other bird for sings. but they are both almost 5 months, and from what i've read that is when the illness will be less traumatic and deadly. fingers crossed.
     

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