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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by callawayma, Jul 28, 2014.
Rickets or Mareks?
I have her in isolation in the brooder. She can stand and flap her wings. She just sits on her feet a lot, her legs do not spread out so much when she is on pine shavings...
The symptoms seem like Rickets, which is a nutritional problem in young chickens caused by an imbalance or a lack of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D3. There is a good article on the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of Rickets at http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/rickets-in-chickens.aspx. Hope this helps.
I would still be thinking thiamine B 1 deficiency , I would get them on a vitamin supplement or nutri- drench ASAP. If you think it's a calcium / phosphorus in balance this link will be helpful.
Thank you, I was worried it was Mareks but she doesn't really have the symptoms. Will try to correct her diet, I would have thought the costly organic feed I have been buying them would have prevented this!
Update: my Wyandotte just died. I heard a squawk and looked in the brooder, she was on her back convulsing. I gently lifted her and put her right side up, and she flopped over and died. Is it possible she had a stroke?
Do I need to worry about my other 5 healthy seeming chickens?
If it was mareks they will have been exposed .
Perhaps you should have a necropsy done so that you know what you are dealing with.
Sorry for your loss.