Chick walks like he is drunk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by epitidios, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. epitidios

    epitidios Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a small rooster and he is walking like he is drunk. He falls down quite often. Any idea what is the problem?
     
  2. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be botulism just setting in. Do the chickens have access to compost piles?

    Dan
     
  3. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a chick? He could just need some vitamins.
     
  4. epitidios

    epitidios Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is a few months old (~4). The problem started suddenly. The flock spent the most of the day inside the coop on Saturday due to rain, and the next day he started having this problem. Another hen had the same problem for 2 days, but she is fine now. In terms of food i give them bran, and pre-made food that also contains vitamins, and is high on protein. Could it be from this? The food is for more developed chickens, and for some reasons he is not that developed like the others of his age.


    Any advice is really appreciated.
     
  5. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Debris in a compost can kill a chick/chicken
     
  6. soccorss12

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    reason maybe deficiency of calcium!
     
  7. soccorss12

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    reason maybe deficiency of calcium!
     
  8. epitidios

    epitidios Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Calcium [​IMG] Should i give it some cheese then? An hour ago or so i gave some medication for fever. The poor bird has almost on fire.
     
  9. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

  10. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Debris in a compost can kill a chick/chicken

    If the compost pile is not managed properly, the food can rot and certain bacteria can convert the foodstuffs in a manner that it will contain the botullin toxin. If the chickens get in there and eat the foodstuffs with the toxin, they can suffer and/or die.

    Do a search here at BYC on Botulism and you can learn all you need to know. But yes, it's a real danger.

    Dan
     

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