5 month old pullet dizzy stumbles as if Drunk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Voodoobabe72, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Voodoobabe72

    Voodoobabe72 Hatching

    Dec 15, 2008
    I have a 5 month old pullet Standard brahma who is inside with me for now - her symptoms are disturbing -

    She stumbles (all directions) as if she was drunk! - when she walks and catches herself mostly with the right wing

    she also is missing several feathers under the left wing that was not visible until inspecting her head to tush - her vent is clean eyes and nostrils clear, has an appetite and drinks water -

    for now she has been eating boiled eggs, cottage cheese / yogurt -
    she is also losing faethers randomly *checked her for bugs and that was clear* - if we fluff her out none seem to come out but here and there feathers appear around her.. (about 10 a day)

    my entire flock (which consist of over 400 chickens)

    is on an all natural diet - so moldy/old food is not an issue our farm is organic so as far as I know she hasnt accessed anything poisonous on our property ... she does however romp into the neighbors property here and there (not sure of how he treats his yard etc)

    her poo is green and white... and not runny.

    Any suggestions would be wonderful!

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2009
  2. SunAngel

    SunAngel Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I have a pullet that acts similar to what you are describing. But mine has been like that since she was 5-6 weeks old.

    A larger chick jumped down off a perch and landed on my pullets head and back. She went downhill quickly, not able to walk, stumbling all over the cage, seemed like she couldnt see to find food. I was pretty sure she was going to die, but my daughter decided to hand feed the pullet and she pulled through. She is still not quite 'right'. If she turns her head to clean feathers near her tail, she will start to fall over or backwards and have to catch herself, she walks funky and has spacial issues.

    Your chicken might have gotten hurt during breeding (if you have roosters near her) or she flew into something and hit her head? Just a guess, but thought it was worth a shot.
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  3. Voodoobabe72

    Voodoobabe72 Hatching

    Dec 15, 2008
    thank you for your reply, that is very possible - as it was just after we opened the doors for them to come out in the morning that we noticed her displaying this behaviour - I will continue to let her stay inside with me feed and water her... and see if she doesnt improve a bit.

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