Chicken can't walk, flops around, possibly blind. Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ClearCreekGirl, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. ClearCreekGirl

    ClearCreekGirl New Egg

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    I have a 5 1/2 year old Red Star hen named Gertie. She was fine one night and the next morning she was laying on the floor of the coop. She seems to be blind. One leg is curled up and neither leg works. She can't walk or even sit up by herself. She lays on her side, occasionally flops wildly, and shivers sometimes, even though I'm keeping her warm. The only thing I can get down her is some water-soaked bread squirted down her throat. She has diarrhea and her stomach gurgles. I have her quarantined, and none of the other chickens are affected. I have no idea what could be wrong with her or what I should do for her. I hate to have her put down (she's a pet), but I don't want her to suffer. Any ideas?
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    Not symptoms of cocci more like marek's
     
  4. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed, unfortunately. [​IMG]

    @ClearCreekGirl - is your quarantine a good distance from your other chickens? Keep an eye on the rest of the flock over the coming days - Marek's tends to work relatively quick. I had the unfortunate experience of it getting into a flock some years back - 8 chickens to 0 in just a couple of weeks...
     
  5. ClearCreekGirl

    ClearCreekGirl New Egg

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    Yes, my quarantine coop is far from the rest of the flock and I'm very careful about contamination from Gertie to the others. I feared it might be Marek's. Should I put her out of her misery, or wait and see if by some miracle she pulls through? I would have to see if my local vet would euthanize her, but if he doesn't (he doesn't see poultry) I'll have to do it myself, the thought of which terrifies me. [​IMG]It's hard being a chicken mama.
     
  6. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check and see if you have a state get near you. Your extension office might be able to direct you to them. Here they're in the agricultural & consumer affairs. During my marek's ordeal they euthanized the bird's and did a necropsy for free.
     

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