chicken behavior ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jlj1212, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. jlj1212

    jlj1212 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Everyone, We have 11 chickens and one of our ladies acts very strange every morning when we let them out! She is the last one to jump off the roosting pole and walks oddly ( like kind of sideways) and has her head turned to the side, for the first 5 minutes she is up every day, after that she is fine but this has been an on going thing for about 6 months now, none of the other chickens act like this just her, any idea what it might be ??
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    :/ That is indeed very strange. Are you able to get photos or video of it?

    Best bet at this point is neurological abnormality, or in other words, brain/nerve damage.

    Could be due to so many things it's hardly worth the time to guess at it, but lead poisoning is probably the number one toxicity associated with asymmetrical symptoms like that, it's as common as dirt for chooks and other animals and even humans to have heavy metal toxicity, with or without obvious symptoms.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    X2, that is odd, if she is fine after a few minutes outside? Is she normal otherwise, eating, laying etc? could something be going on when she is on the roost... is she crowded into a strange position, near a vent or something? Have you given her a good going over, does she seem thinner or weaker on one side?
     
  4. jlj1212

    jlj1212 Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now all of our ladies are just getting back to laying eggs after molting so I am not sure about egg laying. She was laying eggs fine all summer. She eats fine she does miss a lot of the goodies we give them every morning because she's the last one out. We have two long roosting poles so everyone has plenty of room . How would she have gotten brain/nerve damage ? She never acted like that the first six months we had her. Ill try to get a video of it .
     
  5. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    The causes are myriad and common; brain damage is something more or less every animal and human in civilized areas has some degree of.

    Almost all of it will remain 'sub-clinical' and the individuals will present as normal; common symptoms of subclinical poisoning include aggression, anxiety, and depression.

    Your bird though, if it's toxicity symptoms we're seeing here, would definitely be a clinical case since she can't pass as normal.

    We've allowed tens of thousands of untested chemicals to be used, only a minute fraction has actually been tested for any effects, and that's only speaking of artificial chemicals --- natural ones are also plentiful and capable of causing brain damage, as are other natural causes (tapeworm/other parasite cysts in the brain etc, viruses, bacterial infections, other infections, damage from pecking, the list goes on...)

    The WHO calls iodine deficiency a global epidemic, impacting humans and animals all over the world, causing fetal brain damage in mothers which are deficient in it, and IQ drops of up to 16 points in otherwise normal adults. Again, these people --- which is us, and everyone we know --- 'pass' as intellectually 'normal'. (Something to consider next time you see people acting stupid, or see someone comment on the so-called 'average human IQ', or on their 'stupid' animals.)

    In many places, lead toxicity is quite literally as common as dirt, but so are other toxic residues. Pesticides that were in common use in suburbia, farms, roadside sprayings etc by council are also very common, many of them persist even many decades after they were banned. You will still lose animals to them as they're still present in the soil. 'Organic for 3 decades' just doesn't cut it, once conventionally farmed the soil should always be suspect this side of a full century, if no deliberate attempts to detox are made. Unfortunately many 'organic' certified products have been grown on farms that have only been organic for a matter of years.

    Got a garage or shed on your property? That's one big vector of neural damage. Even if you don't, there are hundreds of seriously toxic chemicals that tend to be found in the soil around anywhere someone had a shed where they worked on certain types of projects, specifically those involving mechanics or vehicles... Or just anywhere vehicles were parked regularly. Asides from the chemicals and heavy metals deliberately used, like 'bog' and the toxic residues of welding, those accidentally released into the soil (e.g. via a battery leak) also persist in soil indefinitely.

    Lead is an extremely common and extremely toxic contaminant, you find it everywhere you find civilization more or less. Main roads or regularly used suburban roads have large buildups of lead residue from fuel fumes all around the roads, all that is necessary is that the road was used regularly enough for long enough.

    Some miscellaneous info on lead and other poisoning... By no means comprehensive but educational enough nonetheless:
    Best wishes.
     
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  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Try giving her concentrated B vitamins. Liver or brewers yeast are good natural sources. A good product that you might want to pick up is Poultry Nutri-drench. You can give her several drops daily directly into her beak and see if that changes her behavior. Read the product label, and treat her for at least a week, perhaps up to 3 weeks. It wouldn't hurt to give it to your whole flock. Just be sure that it doesn't sit around in the water too long, again, read product label.
     

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