Barred Rock Pullet trembling and walking with difficulty

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by H3xan01c, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. H3xan01c

    H3xan01c Out Of The Brooder

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    First time letting the 6 week old Barred Rock pullets out on the weekend into the pen from the coop. They are sectioned off from the older chickens. I noticed that one pullet was stumbling. I inspected the feet and found nothing out of the ordinary that I could see. no bumblefoot I guess. I have now separated her from the flock. I have a video posted so you can see how she walks and shakes. I fear that I will have to cull her if I don't have a plan soon as to how to proceed. she is eating and drinking however. I hate to do it. I don't like to give up but I also don't want to increase the chance of spreading something or even just the suffering. any help would be appreciated.

    Wayne


    additional: Now I think it might be bumblefoot, although no scabs the center does seem puffy on each foot and the way she walks. She wasn't shaking when sitting down and seemed okay in the sling she was in for a short time. Maybe I'm reaching.



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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    She is showing neurological symptoms which could be from Mareks disease. Other diseases such as avian encephalomyelitis can cause tremors and stumbling, an injury,and an ear infection could also do this. Vitamin deficiencies are also possible, so I would start poultry vitamins in her water. Avoid Nutri-Drench since it does not contain riboflavin. I really hope it isn't Mareks, but I would do some research. Here is a great link on Mareks, and scroll down to the diseases that can look like Mareks:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
     
  3. H3xan01c

    H3xan01c Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the information. I was worried about it being Mareks as well. With her eating and drinking I had thought she could pull through but the uncertanty of cause and advice on those visiting I chose to take away her pain. It was the first bird I had to do this for but I do think it was for the best. None of the other birds show any sign of problems so I am hoping it was neurological in nature, non transferable. My children understood why it had to be done and they take things like this very well. I did not waste the opportunity to learn; although I almost didn't do it, I opened it up for a necropsy and found that it was actually a rooster. I don't want to lose any animal in a painful non-productive way but some things need to be done.

    thanks, wayne
     

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