Chick with tremors....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1 acre willows, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. 1 acre willows

    1 acre willows Songster

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    About 3 days ago the wife showed me one of our 6 week old chicks was shaking and having a hard time walking normal. It used to be highly mobile and even trying to fly and roost as high up as it could get. We've got them in a metal enclosure, roughly 6' long x 2' wide x 2' tall. There are 6 birds in the brooder and the other 5 are fine. She still eats and will try to get around, but shakes while walking, and has a very heavy foot fall when doing so. Her toes twitch and feet seem to be turned out a bit. The tremors still when she sits for a bit. We have both waterers mixed with poultry cell. Thinking injury not disease but curious what the smart people think. We are trying to upload a video, but are struggling. If anyone knows how to upload a video that would be super helpful:)
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    That sounds like a vitamin deficiency. I'd try vitamins E and B, if you have them in your cupboard. E is oil-soluble; I crumble half of a tablet and mix it with vegetable oil, then mix that in their feed. B I just add to their water. You can also use a low-iron baby vitamin supplement, or poultry vitamins.

    With many deficiencies, only a few chicks lacking vitamins show symptoms, so all of them probably have it.
     
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  3. 1 acre willows

    1 acre willows Songster

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    We just started them all on Poultry Cell, so hopefully this will help then. If it doesn't seem to be enough we will be sure to try this out! Thank you:)
     
  4. sylviethecochin

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    You're welcome. Do you have any adult chickens on the property? Did you get your chicks from a hatchery or from a farm? There are a few diseases that cause shaking, but vitamin deficiencies are one of the more common causes of this.

    I just did some Merck's consultation, and also internet searching, so here are my results:

    Avian Encephalomyelitis causes chicks to tremble; it also makes them listless and is transmitted hen-to-egg. It's pretty unlikely if you got the chicks from a reliable hatchery or from a feed store, and as I said, chicks are listless, so you can probably rule that out now.

    Marek's disease can also be a cause. If it is, you can't really do anything but provide supportive care.

    Botulism is a cause as well. (though I doubt you're feeding yours rotten feed, so I hope you can rule that out immediately.)
     
  5. 1 acre willows

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    All they've had is chix crumble from tsc, all is under 6 weeks old, and they were hatched from our birds. If they haven't been in their browser they've been in the kitchen in a pen running around where we can keep an eye on them. They've never been outside because of the cold and weather
     

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