Black Sex Link Walking Issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bamslp07, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. bamslp07

    bamslp07 Just Hatched

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    It's been about 3-4 days since we initially noticed something was "off" with one of our hens (who we always viewed as the alpha female). She wasn't coming out of the box part of the coop....she just stayed on the perch all day unless we got her down. When we got her out she did drink and ate some bread/yogurt. In the evening she somehow hobbled back into the box for the night although we had to place her on the perch. She is definitely not walking right and when she tries she just steps on her own feet then hunkers down. We also put some medicated food with her other food and some pedialyte out too. We thought maybe she was egg bound (as we sometimes only get 3 eggs but have 4 chickens) but I don't know that that is the issue.....we gave her a warm bath and massage and she has some green poop (which may be b/c she needed more food/water), and then had some that was just really watery. This morning my husband said her poop looked more normal but she is still having a hard time walking and won't try on her own. She prefers to be with our other 3 hens and they don't seem to bother her....as she remains on the outside perch we created. I still have to take her off to eat/drink though.

    She didn't seem to have any issues with her actual feet (like bumble foot) but I wonder if she did something to her spine or is having reproductive issues?! The other chickens (we have 3 others) seem to be fine. We tried to put this one in a tote in the coop area but she just hopped out. Oh and she is 6 months old. Thanks so much
     
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    This is how she is sitting
     
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    Hope the video shows up
     
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    Hope the video works....her walk which seems a tad better than yesterday
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Was she vaccinated for Marek's?
    Any way she got into something moldy, rotten, etc.?
    Are her hocks swollen or have any sores/bruising on them?

    Provide her with some Poultry Vitamins that has B2(riboflavin) and give extra protein like egg, tuna, mackerel or meat.

    There can be many things going on, from vitamin deficiency, injury to illness. Keep her hydrated.



    MAREKS
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

    Mycoplasma S.:
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/p...synovitis.html?qt=Mycoplasma synoviae &alt=sh

    Vitamins:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiency/
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2014/03/vitamin-deficiencies-in-backyard-chicks-html/
     
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    bamslp07 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much for the response. My husband got the chicks at 2 days old from Tractor Supply so I am not sure on the vaccination. I plan to ask him tonight although he may not know the answer.

    I have been wondering about the moldy part as it was quite rainy last week......

    I will have to check her hocks...is there a good way to look for bruising? I feel like it's tough to always tell with her dark colors.

    Are there any particular vitamins you recommend?

    It seems like she will take food ok but I have been saturating small pieces of bread to make sure she is getting water. Is there a good way to use a syringe to give water?

    Thanks
     
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    Also thanks for the links. This is my first time having chickens so it's all a learning experience for me. :)
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Most feed stores carry poultry vitamins.

    I know she is happier with the flock, if you have a dog kennel or crate you can place her in with her own food and water, she may do better. Place the kennel inside the run so her friends can see, but she won't have to try to move around - it can sometimes be stressful on them to continue to act normal (chickens try their best to hide illness/injury).

    If her problem is an injury, keeping her confined will keep her from aggravating and injuring the leg(s) further.

    This will also help you monitor her food/water intake.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. She came out of the run on her own tonight with the others whereas the past two days she has stayed. She seemed to enjoy eating some leaves :)

    She did feel warm to the touch on her underside....I assume that can be associated with illness ?!

    Thanks again
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

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    Chickens can feel quite warm to us, but it's possible should could be warmer than normal.

    When was the last time she laid an egg?
    Does her underside/abdomen feel bloated, soft, hard, normal, fluid filled?
    What does her poop look like?

    It's possible she could have an internal laying/reproductive disorder like Egg Yolk Peritonitis, Ascites, Salpingitis, tumors or cancer.
    These can cause some leg issues as well. You can try soaking her in warm espsom salts bath and providing extra calcium if you feel like it is a laying disorder. This may give her some relief/supportive care.

    Try to get her to eat as much of her normal feed as possible, it is nutritionally balance. Wetting it and making it into a "mash" sometimes helps.

    Peritonitis and internal egg laying issues:
    http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx
    http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx
     
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    bamslp07 Just Hatched

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    Thank you. I was just looking up the peritonitis info tonight. She doesn't seem overly bloated at this point.....

    Someone asked me if we had mushrooms in the yard and my son and I were just talking about a few we had seen. She said they may be toxic if the chicken happened to eat them. I have also seen a little mold where some of the feed has gotten on the ground and it rained quite a bit last week leading to that combination so I am not sure if that could be part of the problem ?!

    We started the aeuromycin (sp?!) in the feed yesterday as someone suggested that to my husband but I do t think she got much of it in her today as she favored food other than feed (although I tried to mix some with yogurt). I will try to mash it tomorrow.

    Here is a pic of her most recent poop I was able to get: [​IMG]

    How long do you think it is safe for her to be in a dog kennel should I separate her from the others?

    I did an Epsom salt bath yesterday and we have added extra grit in the run area. It has been almost a week since she has laid I think. We have 2 black sex links so I assume when we got 3 eggs instead of 4 it was her not laying but sometimes we only get 3 in general.

    Thanks again
     

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