can worms cause chickens to go off their legs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brettzim, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. brettzim

    brettzim In the Brooder

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    So I posted a month ago about a hen I had who was off one leg. I initially thought bumble foot and kept her isolated, quiet, administer penicillin, etc. Then she got overall weaker on the other leg and stopped supporting her weight. This took about a month to happen. She is still eating and drinking well but is very thin. I took her to the vet suspecting Marek's and they are doing a blood test to see if that's the case. Initially when I isolated her I gave her pour-on ivermectin. Today I was cleaning up her poopy feathers and she blasted me with diarrhea in which I found a long white worm. I had assumed the ivermectin would have addressed that (she had it weeks ago) but maybe it is not effective against round worms? I found another worm just like it in the (normal looking) poop of a healthy chicken. So, clearly I have a worm infestation and have to worm my flock. My question is - I know ducks can go off their legs if they have a serious enough worm infestation. Can the same be true of chickens? I feel so stupid for not thinking of this sooner. Also, I have wazine I can give them. I'd prefer something without a withdrawal period if there are any other options but obviously the priority is to deal with the worms ASAP.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Vitamin deficiencies can cause lameness. Worms steal the nutrition. Don't forget to repeat the wormer to break the life cycle. I don't know the cause of her lameness, but here are some links. I hope she gets better soon!

    Worms can be resistant to ivermectin I have read on BYC.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/773027/worming-chickens
    see post #7


    http://www.apa-abayouthpoultryclub.... SYMPTOMS FOR DIAGNOSING POULTRY DISEASES.pdf


    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou..._poultry/vitamin_deficiencies_in_poultry.html

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    diagnosis charts at bottom
     
  3. brettzim

    brettzim In the Brooder

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    Thank you - these are all very helpful webpages. I am giving her Wazine in her water just to see if it helps. I had been giving her Rooster Booster in her water but maybe that was not enough for the potential vitamin deficiency...

    I should know this week if Marek's is the culprit. It's such a shame about this poor gal though. She is a great bird, one of the ones I really like. And the only one who lays double yolkers. I am crossing my fingers that it's not Marek's but we will know soon.
     

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